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Comelec silent on alleged support-buying by UniTeam in Nueva Ecija

When the main rally reached Talavera town, the crowd started chanting “Hindi kami bayad”

The small March 15 UniTeam rally in Nueva Ecija could’ve proven what many believed was already true—the supporters and presidential aspirant Bongbong Marcos and vice-presidential bet Sara Duterte are paid off.

A video shows someone handing out attendees envelopes allegedly containing P500 each. When pressed on the incident, the recipients said they didn’t know what the envelopes were for.

Marcos’ campaign manager Benhur Abalos said the camp wasn’t aware of anyone getting paid off.

We have no knowledge of the incident. It would be hard to comment on something we are not aware of.”

Partido Federal secretary-general Thomson Lantion also condemned the “action.”

Negative po! Our PFP is a disciplined political party! We abhor such action! It is not within our Core values & principles!” Lantion told Rappler.

When the main rally reached Talavera town, the crowd started chanting “Hindi kami bayad.” However, only a few believed the supporters and blasted the Commission on Elections for staying mum on the issue.

Many believe the Comelec is on Marcos’ payroll.

Despite the UniTeam’s visit, Governor Aurelio “Oyie” Umali did not endorse the team. He was on stage but left before Marcos could finish his speech. He also didn’t attend the rally in Talavera town.

Farmers from Quezon town said they support Marcos because of what his late father did for the province.

“Yung patubig, nagbigay po ng patubig at nagbigay ng titulo ang tatay nya,” said one farmer.

Marcos promised to “fix” the agricultural sector to rise in employment numbers.

Aayusin po natin ang agrikultura para sapat ang ating pagkain at magka-trabaho muli.”

Written by paulie walnuts

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