Lakas, Nograles Camp Buying Votes in Davao?

Apr. 30, 2007

A Davao City resident, from the city’s first district, recently emailed a set of pictures, one of them shown here, showing a movie ticket allegedly given away by the camp of House Majority Leader and Davao City congressman Prospero Nograles, as well as an insurance card worth 100,000 pesos supposedly issued by the Lakas party and signed by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and House Speaker Jose de Venecia. This is the same insurance card that is now the subject of a nationwide controversy, allegedly because distributing them is tantamount to vote-buying, which the Lakas camp denies.

According to the resident, Rep. Nograles treated the officers of the first district’s subdivision homeowners’ association to lunch at the Greenhills restaurant where the movie tickets (stamped with Nograles’s name) and the insurance cards from Lakas and the Kalahi partylist were distributed. Nograles’s son, Karlo, is the second nominee for Congress of Kalahi, which is believed to be backed by Malacanang. “This is a brazen act of vote-buying which should not be tolerated,” the resident wrote in an email.

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