The camp of Rep. Jocelyn Limkaichong who is running for governor in the May 13 elections vehemently denied reports that counterfeit money was confiscated from her and that the money was to be used in the polls.
The text message was circulated in the last five days and is spreading like wildfire, prompting political groups to call for vigilance among their members and supporters.
Unconfirmed reports say millions of pesos are being spent everyday throughout the province by moneyed politicians with heavy concentration on vote-rich areas like Dumaguete City.
Limkaichong’s camp said it is nothing but black propaganda from her opponents, and a desperate move to put the blame on her. She urged the intelligence section of the police to do their job in tracing the source of the text message, which is in violation of laws against rumor mongering.
Limkaichong said she does not discount the possibility of this being employed by moneyed politicians who are into vote-buying to ensure victory.
Her spokesperson said the text was initially traced to a certain “Sugar Ray,” but she refused to elaborate.
Dumaguete City Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria said it can happen, and called for an investigation and vigilance.
PNP provincial commander PSrSupt Noli Romana, meanwhile, has also denied the existence of such report. In a text message sent to a radio station, Romana said “I don’t know anything about the existence of such report. It’s the political season, we all know that.”*JG
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