By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
MANILA – Administration senatorial candidate and former Presidential Political Adviser Francis Tolentino has warned the public against the smear campaign launched against him amid his soaring survey rating.
Tolentino said his opponents have been giving away fake food stubs bearing his name on the campaign trail. The food stubs supposedly promised free rice and grocery items to ticket holders.
According to Tolentino, the incident reportedly happened in San Jose del Monte and Marilao, Bulacan on Saturday when several witnesses saw men in motorcycles distributing the food stubs to the residents.
Tolentino claimed that this was clearly a black propaganda against him by those who would want to weaken public trust given to him andundermine his senatorial candidacy.
“Kasama sa laban ang mga ganitong uri ng paninira, kung kaya nga’t nais kong linawin sa publiko na walang katotohanan ang mga kumakalat na kupon at kinokendena ko ang maruming pamumulitika ng mga nasa likod nito,” he said.
“Kung sa kampanya pa lamang ay marumi na ang kanilang mga taktika, ano pa kaya kung maluklok sa pwesto na ang mga ganitong klase ng tao,” he added.
The camp of the former Tagaytay City mayor stressed it is possible that similar fake claim stubs of food items could have been given to other communities, adding that the matter is now under police investigation.
“Nakatitiyak po akong nasa likod ng ganitong mga black propaganda at panlilito sa ating mga kababayan ang mga taong nais hadlangan ang aking paglilingkod sa bayan. Nakikiusap po ako sa sambayanan na huwag magpagamit at huwag maniwala,” Tolentino, former chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.
Tolentino also urged the public to report any similar incident to the local police and the Commission on Election (COMELEC) as soon as possible.
Tolentino is now ranked 10th based on the latest figures from Pulse Asia which was conducted from March 23-27.
The administration senatorial candadite registered a 3.7 increase in voter’s preference during th March survey, wherein 35.7 percent of the respondents were willing to vote for Tolentino in the upcoming midterm polls.