Video of disgruntled supporters of Grace Poe staging a protest in Baguio after 500-peso incentive to attend rallies fizzled out has been making the rounds online.
In a news video report from ABS-CBN, supporters of Senator Grace Poe staged a protest in Baguio City after the organizers failed to deliver the 500-peso incentive to every supporter that showed up in campaign rally of the presidential aspirant.
The supporters proceeded immediately to the Igorot Park in Baguio City to stage the protest.
A vocal Grace Poe supporter talks to the media to vent his anger at the organizers.
Sa sama ng loob namin, sa mga ginagawa sa amin, sa mga panggagamit na ginagamit kami para lang sa Go Mobile. Kasi pagdating namin dito Maam, Go Mobile ang naabutan namin, tapos pinapaalis kami, kaso wlang espasyo. Maam kung saka-sakali lang sana, pagod namin, mga senior citizens, yung iba buntis yun iba may mga dalang bata. Ngayon Maam wala kaming napala.
Grace Poe supporters admitted to the ABS-CBN reporter that they were called on several occasions for campaign rallies but it was the party of Mark Go who speaks in the campaign rallies.
The ABS-CBN reporter tried to contact the camp of Mark Go who is running for a Congressional seat, for a reaction but as of this writing, Go’s camp told ABS-CBN news that he has nothing to do with the national issues and he is not a party mate of Senator Grace Poe.
Furthermore, ABS-CBN tried to contact Senator Grace Poe’s campaign coordinator in Baguio City in the person of Donna Gallardo for a statement in response to the allegation of Poe’s supporters, but the latter refuses to respond to ABS-CBN’s request.
A video footage from ABS-CBN showed that Donna Gallardo reached out to the protesters in Igorot Park.
According to the investigation conducted by the ABS-CBN reporter, Ms. Gallardo is allegedly the same person who recruited the disgruntled supporters of Grace Poe.
Ramin Macapuno speaks to the ABS-CBN reporter on behalf of fellow Grace Poe supporters to express their frustrations for not getting what is due to them.
Tinanong po kasi namin Maam ng diretsahan ang Maam Donna na ito, kung pinapasa ba ang attendance namin sa “national government” at meron bang pera na gagamitin ang national campaigners? Ang sagot nya meron. Ngayon Maam kung sakaling meron, sana man lang pamasahe ibalik, wala man lang Maam ang pagod namin. ( We asked Maam Donna directly Maam if they submitted our attendance sheet to the national government and if there is money at the disposal of the national campaigners and she responded in the affirmative. And now Maam if indeed there is money, hopefully, they will reimburse what we spend on transportation but until now it appears all our efforts are in vain.)
Another supporter identified as Joker Albing narrated his experience to the ABS-CBN reporter.
Bumili kami ng t-shirt na puti. Kung wala t-shirt na puti, di pwede makapunta doon o kaya may ID. Bumili ako ng t-shirt na puti ng 120. Hanggang naghintay ako…Di pa ako kumain. Naghintay ako, wala pala. We bought a white shirt. We were told that if you are not wearing a white shirt, you are not welcomed to join the campaign rally unless you are a card bearer. So I bought a white t-shirt for 120 pesos. So I’ve waited. I did not eat. I’ve waited for nothing.
According to the Comelec, this can be considered as vote-buying because money was promised as an incentive but the protesters should lodge a formal case before the poll body.
However, the protesters are still weighing their options whether to file a formal case or not.
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Grace Poe’s supporters stage protest; says 500 peso incentive to attend rallies not given