#BoyingSinungaling trends after vote-buying accusation

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In this photo taken on March 4, 2022, Philippine's Vice-President and opposition presidential candidate Leni Robredo speaks to supporters during a campaign rally in General Trias town, Cavite province, west of Manila. The hashtag #BoyingSinungaling trended on Twitter after Cavite 7th District Rep. Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla claimed that those who attended a campaign rally in General Trias were paid P500 each. (Photo by TED ALJIBE/AFP via Getty Images)
In this photo taken on March 4, 2022, Philippine's Vice-President and opposition presidential candidate Leni Robredo speaks to supporters during a campaign rally in General Trias town, Cavite province, west of Manila. The hashtag #BoyingSinungaling trended on Twitter after Cavite 7th District Rep. Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla claimed that those who attended a campaign rally in General Trias were paid P500 each. (Photo by TED ALJIBE/AFP via Getty Images)

#BoyingSinungaling (#BoyingLiar) leads the Twitter trends as netizens criticize Cavite 7th district representative Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla, who said in an interview that a politician paid P500 for each attendee during a Friday evening campaign rally.

As of this writing, #BoyingSinungaling has been trending for eight hours straight.

Source: getdaytrends.com
Source: getdaytrends.com

Sa siyudad ng Cavite, may politiko na nagbabayad ng limang daan sa bawat aattend,” he said.

(In a city in Cavite, a politician paid five hundred pesos for each attendee.)

He added that some of the attendees did not come from the area.

Tapos may jeep, tapos meron silang staging area, may t-shirt, may uniporme, kumpleto. Kaya alam mo na hindi indigenous kasi naka-uniporme. Hinahakot eh. Ang uniporme nila, syempre pink. Halatang halata. May mga jeep, may takip ‘yung karatula kasi hindi naman talaga taga-roon,” he said.

(Then there are jeeps, and they have a staging area, there are t-shirts, uniforms, everything. You just know that they are not indigenous because they are in uniform. They were paid. Their uniforms, of course, it’s pink. It’s quite obvious. The jeepney signboards are covered, since they don’t really belong there.)

It is well-publicized that Vice President Leni Robredo’s campaign rally in Cavite happened in General Trias City on Friday evening, and that her team’s official campaign color is pink.

Boying Remulla’s brother, Jonvic, is known to endorse Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., Robredo’s main competitor for the presidency.

In 2019, ten of Jonvic Remulla’s supporters were nabbed after allegedly vote-buying in Bacoor City, Cavite. According to the police, they were seen distributing envelopes containing P200 each after a campaign rally, and six out of ten of the arrested had IDs for the Office of the Provincial Governor (OPG).

Jonvic mentioned that they were “distributing travel allowances” for poll watchers. Meanwhile, Boying, who was governor at the time, said that the arrested individuals were being offered legal assistance by their camp. The ten were eventually released for insufficient evidence.

In 2019, the Cavite provincial government under Boying Remulla was questioned by the Commission on Audit (COA) for disbursing P4.9 million to 24 consultants with “scope of works and expected outputs/deliverables not indicated therein or in any other related document.” In contrast, Robredo’s Office of the Vice President (OVP) got the COA’s highest audit rating three years in a row.

Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.

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