By Reed Tulio
People who joined the stationary caravan of presidential bet Vice President Leni Robredo in Roxas City, Capiz did not receive incentives, contrary to an online post claiming that Capizeños were bribed to show up at activities to express support for her and running mate Senator Francis Pangilinan.
Facebook user Charles Vincent Morales Velarde shared publicly on his profile a post from the Capiz for Leni page, alleging some Capizeños were given P200 and a shirt in exchange for their attendance at the 5-kilometer caravan from Roxas City Airport to the Archbishop’s Palace in Barangay Lawaan.
The post was made when Robredo, Pangilinan, and some members of their senatorial lineup Senator Richard Gordon, lawyers Chel Diokno and Alex Lacson, and representative of detained Senator Leila de Lima flew to Panay Island for their campaign in the northwestern provinces of Capiz, Aklan, and Antique from February 15 to 16, 2022.
The organizers were quick to debunk the claims of Velarde on his post, stating that there wasn’t any kind of compensation given to the attendees of the event.
The Capiz for Leni post was flooded by witnesses who claimed they were not bribed to join the Leni-Kiko activities during that day.
“There was no 200. This is a big lie. We were there and did not receive any amount,” said Facebook user Mecedita Abas.
“I was there with my friends, and we weren’t paid! We even made the props we used. Volunteers kami da tanan!” Carla Joy Roxas explained.
In another post, the organizers thanked the Vice President and her team for visiting the province and proudly shared their pictures taken from the event. They called it a success as many people showed up. They also thanked the overwhelming support they received from the Capizeños even if they did not receive any gifts from the public official.
They also reminded the public to be more vigilant when they come across posts made on social media, as these can mislead the public. Finally, they asked the same people to report such malicious posts when they see them online.
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