Presidential aspirant and erstwhile Partido Reporma standard bearer Senator Panfilo Lacson said the P800 million that Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez asked from him was not for the campaign of Reporma candidates but for himself.
Lacson made the revelation days after parting ways with the former House Speaker and his party.
On Thursday, Lacson announced his resignation from Reporma after Alvarez , Reporma president, with secretary general Davao del Norte Governor Edwin Jubahib announced that they are dropping Lacson as Reporma presidential candidate and endorsed the bid of Vice President Leni Robredo.
A day later, he disclosed that campaign expenses amounting to PHP800 million was the reason for Reporma’s switch to another bet.
Lacson said he found out from Reporma candidates that the money was not meant for their campaign.
He said his conversations with Reporma local candidates showed that they never pressued ezto provide them funds.
“Kung corrupt ako, madali ko sanang maibibigay ang PHP800 milyon na hinihingi nila (If I were corrupt, I could have easily given the PHP800 million they are asking for). But I don’t have the guts to steal or accept bribes. Nothing can ever change my principles and tarnish my integrity. This fight is not just about me and the present. It is about our country’s future,” he said on his Twitter account.
Lacson reiterated his stance against money politics, where candidates give voters what they want during the campaign period – then get back their “investment” by engaging in corruption during their terms – three years for local posts and six years for national posts.
“As long as ‘money politics’ dominate our elections, it will be a vicious ‘cycle of revenge’ between candidates and voters: voters having a field day during the campaign period and candidates exacting vengeance for three or six years of victory. Kawawang Pilipinas,” he said.