THE camp of Marikina City Mayor Del de Guzman on Wednesday accused his rival, Rep. Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro, of massive vote-buying.
De Guzman, a former congressman representing Marikina’s second district, is running for his third and final term as city mayor. Teodoro, now on his last term as congressman representing the city’s first district, is running against the incumbent mayor.
De Guzman’s camp said it received reports that some supporters of Teodoro were caught in the act of buying the votes allegedly using millions of pesos of funds from the cash-for-work program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Information relayed to them by the media covering the city revealed that employees of the city’s social welfare department were distributing money to constituents.
De Guzman’s camp claimed that thousands of constituents, including pregnant women and the elderly, were seen daily lining up at the house of Teodoro.
Journalists who did not wear their press ID said they saw employees of the Department of Social Welfare and Development giving P1,800 to constituents as salary for five days of street sweeping at the second floor of a barangay (village) hall.
But the women and senior citizens said that they were given P1,800 by Teodoro’s staff even if they did not go to work in previous weeks. The money was sealed in a white envelope and was said to be assistance from the social welfare department.
There was tension between members of the media and DSWD employees when radio reporter Jimmy Mendoza asked the name of an employee who was not wearing his uniform and ID.
The employees admitted to the media that they are not social workers but staff of Teodoro.