Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto warns voters vs campaign big spenders
Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto said he is bent on stopping the cycle of spending big during the campaign and then getting these all back.
Sotto warned voters that candidates who give them money and spend huge sums during the campaign are likely to do something to recover this while in public office.
Sotto made the statement on Facebook after one of his constituents reported that a candidate gave out money to residents.
He wondered about the source of funds of candidates like these as he expressed skepticism about the excuse that they are spending their own money.
If a candidate gives out P300 per person and meets 1,000 people a day for 200 days from the filing of certificates of candidacy to election day, this would amount to P60 million, he said.
And this is with the estimated amounts on the low side, he said.
“Dito pa lang, baka mahigit 60 MILLION PESOS na ang gastos nila?? Ma-check nga ulit ang Forbes List, bilyonaryo ba sila??… “ he said.
It was also possible that they are funded by those who miss the old ways at city hall when biddings are rigged and corruption was happening, he said.
“The truth hurts, but it is the truth: ANG MALAKI GUMASTOS SA KAMPANYA AY MAS MALAKI PA ANG BABAWIIN,” he said.
He urged voters not to be swayed by those offering them money.
It would benefit them in the end as public funds would be spent properly for them, he said.
“We have already started to break this cycle. Sa makabagong politika na tayo. Di tayo gagastos ng malaki, pero pag nanalo ay gagamitin ang pondo ng LGU ng buong-buo at walang bawas para sa taumbayan,” he said.