Pulupandan Mayor Magdaleno Peña yesterday said he is willing to cooperate in unfolding the truth behind the poll fraud in the Fifth District of Negros Occidental in 2004, a press release from his office said.
In the press release, Peña also said this was in response to the move of the Senate to conduct a probe on the 2004 electoral fraud by Rep. Ignacio Arroyo Jr.’s sister-in-law, former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
The press release said “The mayor was happy to announce that he is willing to cooperate in the unfolding of truth behind the poll fraud” and even claimed that he, with his second cousin, Enrique “Quito” Montilla, among others, had personal knowledge of the massive vote-buying orchestrated by Arroyo in the 5th District during the 2004 elections.
Peña added that barely three days before the elections in 2004, he had asked Rep. Arroyo how many of the 210,000 voters in the 5th District will he finance and how much will he give each, and that the congressman had told him of his plans.
He also said in his press release that he will tell everybody of the massive vote-buying in the 5th District.
The questions on where the money came from and how it was carried to Negros will be answered during the Senate hearing to be conducted by Senator Jinggoy Estrada, he said in the press release.
Peña said this is in response to Arroyo’s previous challenge to fight in a press statement on April 12, 2011, where he had said “Magsie Peña seems fond of picking fights with women. Why not pick on someone your own size or, better yet, why not pick on me instead?”, the press release also said.
Peña pointed out that Arroyo is now on medical leave in London, allegedly for treatment of his liver ailment and hip-bone replacement surgery.
He said he is sure that when Rep. Arroyo returns, he will be in fighting form and he is now accepting his challenge to a fight, “perhaps a boxing match in front of the Provincial Capitol” with Governor Marañon and Vice Governor Alvarez as the referees, and the Provincial Board Members as judges, the press release added.*