House for sale! Bebot Alvarez claims vote buying in Speaker race going for P1M per congressman
If you think vote-buying is bad in the just concluded 2019 mid-term elections, you haven’t heard about the seven-figure going rate for a vote in Speakership race in the 18th Congress.
In an interview with ANC’s Karen Davila, former Speaker Bebot Alvarez revealed a candidate like him would have to spend between P500,000 and P1 million for each vote to be Speaker.
But Alvarez is adamant that he won’t engage in vote buying because he doesn’t want to get his hands tied by bilyonaryo financiers.
“Tingin ko I’m sincere enough para tulungan ang ating Pangulo. Purposely, hindi ako lumapit doon sa mga funders para meron akong may ipamigay ako na P500,000 to P1 million,” said Alvarez in an interview with ANC’s Karen Davila.
“Ganoon po, sadly, (ang nangyayari) sa Lower House…ayaw ko nang sabihin kung sino,” he added.
Practically all of the top candidates for Speaker are rich men – Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, Martin Romualdez, and Alvarez.
“Pag gagawin natin ‘yun (bumili ng boto), we will be compromising the position of the Speakeship, mahirap po ‘yun specially may mga tax reforms packages pa na kailangang ipatupad pa,” said Alvarez in explaining why he refused to buy his way to a return to the House’s summit.