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Puro ka dakdak! House members challenge Martin Diño to reveal names of vote-buying politikos

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by Xave Gregorion

A ranking member of the House of Representatives is urging the chamber to summon Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) undersecretary Martin Diño for him to disclose the names of the 100 congressmen he tagged as vote buyers.

“Nais kong hilingin sa kapulungang ito na maipatawag si Undersecretary Diño ng tama nating committee dito sa House of Representatives,” Deputy Speaker Raneo Abu said in a privilege speech Wednesday (March 16).

Abu added that the House could also instruct DILG officer-in-charge Eduardo Año to tell Diño to release the names of the lawmakers he accused of vote buying.

“Pero kasabay ng pagpapalabas ng mga pangalan ay magbigay rin siya ng talagang sapat na ebidensiya na ang mga taong ito ay may ginawang paglabag sa ating election laws,” Abu said.

“Hindi naman ho tayo papayag na tayo’y magsasawalang kibo at hindi iimik na lamang na para lamang magpagandng lalaki ang isang empleyado ng gobyerno ay gagamitin niya ang ating institusyon pati na ang mga kinatawan ng iba’t-ibang distrito para lumabas ang kanyang pangalan sa media,” he said.

The deputy speaker has been slapped with a vote buying complaint in his hometown of Batangas, a copy of which has already been transmitted to the main office of the Commission on Elections for docketing.

He is not alone in raising a howl about Diño’s comments, with some opposition lawmakers daring him to reveal the names of the 100 lawmakers.

In a media briefing at noon, the House minority bloc also slammed Diño’s statement, calling it “reckless” and “malicious.”