A friend who is a beneficiary for two years of the scholarship program offered by the Congressman ( now the defeated Mayor Candidate) told me that even his co-scholar’s parents were swayed by the money given by the opponent. Oh my! What an act of ingratitude! Their children benefited a two -year scholarship worth P40,000.00 voted for the opponent for the amount of P4,000? ( P 2,000 each for mother and father).
What is very dismaying is that the margin between the two candidates was so slim… only 2000+ votes. I told my friend, if only the 1600 scholars were sincere , loyal and grateful enough. There votes could have won the seat.
Another factor that made an edge with the winning mayor was that all the Senior Citizen were prioritize in the polling precinct. The party list of this elders was formed by this mayor. So that means sure votes for him. Those who were paid to vote sacrificed the long hours of waiting while those who didn’t get anything went home .