Since yesterday afternoon, the hashtag ‘#BoyingSinungaling’ has been trending on Twitter. Many netizens were angry with Cavite’s 7th district representative Jesus Crispin ‘Boying’ Remulla after he insinuated that there was money involved in gathering attendees in a campaign sortie in Cavite.
Boying Remulla insinuates bribery
In a DZRH radio program aired on March 5, Cavite’s 7th district representative Jesus Crispin ‘Boying’ Remulla claimed that the attendees of a certain campaign rally were paid PHP 500 each. While he did not name names, he mentioned a distinct color that helped netizens connect the dots on who he’s talking about.
LOOK: The hashtag #BoyingSinungaling has topped the Philippine trending topics on Twitter as of 1:15 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, after Cavite 7th District Rep. Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla claimed that those who attended a campaign rally in General Trias were paid P500 each. pic.twitter.com/uGi4leQy28
— Inquirer (@inquirerdotnet) March 6, 2022
“Sa siyudad ng Cavite, may politiko na nagbabayad ng limang daan sa bawat aattend,” Remulla said. “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.”
Remulla further claimed that some attendees looked like activists and seemed to be “trained” by the National Democratic Front (NDF). “Ang dami nilang mga estudyante, mukhang mga aktibista… Kaliwa, mga trained ng NDF… May dalang mga bandera pero pink,” he said.
800K Minus 1: The Leni-Kiko rally in Cavite
On March 4, the camp of presidential aspirant and vice president Leni Robredo and her running mate Kiko Pangilinan held a campaign rally at the General Trias Sports Complex in Cavite. The event welcomed an estimated 47,000 supporters, beating even the 40,000 attendance in Iloilo.
WATCH: In a province where the ruling political dynasties back the other team, Caviteño Kakampinks show up big time for the Leni-Kiko slate. Drone shots of that huge crowd here, from Jimmy Dasal/Team Kiko Pangilinan #PHVote pic.twitter.com/i6NeESg4Fz
— Mara Cepeda (@maracepeda) March 4, 2022
During the sortie last Friday, the crowd could be heard chanting “Hindi kami bayad!” repeatedly. Other attendees also held banners that denied such allegations.
In fact, last Friday, the crowd chanted this several times throughout the four-hour program: “Hindi kami bayad!” This was one such moment. Vice President Leni Robredo even thanked them for their support. pic.twitter.com/yq5yckkgLJ
— Krixia Subingsubing (@krixiasINQ) March 6, 2022
This show of force by Caviteños came weeks after Cavite governor Jonvic Remulla promised to give 800,000 votes to presidential candidate Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. The governor and his clan, the current ruling political dynasty in Cavite, had endorsed Marcos Jr., promising to foot the bill of Marcos Jr.’s campaigns in Cavite and to provide the support of all mayors aligned with the Remullas. In response, Robredo supporters came up with the “800K Minus One” slogan, brandishing the slogan on posters, t-shirts, and tarps at the rally.
Ping Lacson adds fuel to the fire
Presidential candidate and senator Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson chimed in through a tweet, accusing the crowd of being in a “’coalition with the CPP/NPA/NDF” (Communist Party of the Philippines, New People’s Army, National Democratic Front). The tweet contained a link to a news article reporting what Remulla claimed about the grand rally.
“With all the bashing I’m getting…, there must be [a] basis for the age-old quote — ‘truth hurts,’” he added in a follow-up tweet. “I care for my country that continues to suffer from the longest running insurgency in the world. I just want it to end.”
With all the bashing I’m getting for the “coalition with the CPP/NPA/NDF” tweet I posted earlier, there must be basis for the age-old quote – ‘truth hurts’. I care for my country that continues to suffer from the longest running insurgency in the world. I just want it to end.
— PING LACSON (@iampinglacson) March 6, 2022
Earlier today, Lacson clarified that he “never red-tagged anybody” and was “simply warning those concerned” after his tweet drew flak.
I never red-tagged anybody. I was simply warning those concerned to be wary of a possible coalition government with a movement whose sole objective is to seize power. Insurgency, like corruption must end if we want peace and prosperity.
— PING LACSON (@iampinglacson) March 7, 2022
Sonny Trillanes asks Remulla to provide proof
Meanwhile, former senator Antonio ‘Sonny’ Trillanes IV addressed the accusation on his Twitter account, challenging Remulla to show evidence to support his claim.
— Sonny Trillanes IV (@TrillanesSonny) March 6, 2022
Trillanes is vying once again for a senatorial seat under the Leni-Kiko slate.
Robredo’s spokesperson denies
In the Biserbisyong Leni radio program on DZXL, Robredo’s spokesperson Barry Gutierrez denied the allegations about the Cavite grand rally. He cited testimonies from netizens on social media who have voluntarily attended the rally. Gutierrez also noted that such allegations about attendees being paid aren’t new, with a few dating back as early as last year, but they were already proven false.
“Ito… grabe talaga. Kita mo talaga, maghihintay. Hihintayin siya hanggang sa dulo, hanggang matapos ‘yung programa, walang umaalis,” Gutierrez said. “Hindi kami, hindi namin inakala na aabot dito. Pinagdasal namin na magkaroon ng paglabas ng suporta ng ordinaryong Pilipino pero ‘yung level ng nakikita natin eh tingin ko, walang nag-expect ng ganito eh.”
Robredo’s supporters in Cavite releases statement
Supporters of the vice president from the Robredo People’s Council-Cavite, which helped in organizing the grand rally in Cavite, condemned the claims and accusations made about the rally and its attendees. “Walang hinakot at binayaran. … Hindi kailangan may bayad, ang mga Caviteño ay tapat at may dignidad.” They also condemned the red-tagging as damaging and dangerous. “Ang iresponsable at manapirang konklusyon na ito … ay sadyang makapaminsala sa moral at dignidad ng mga kabataang Caviteño.”
Lawyers for Leni – Cavite Chapter also released a statement, condemning the claims and allegations. “Bukas ang Lawyers for Leni para tulungan ang ating mga kababayang bikitma ng pagpapakalat ng maling impormasyon at paninirang-puri.”
Netizens have taken to social media to testify as attendees and call out the allegations. Some have even shared photos and videos they have taken themselves.
I was there. I walked kilometers under the intense heat of the sun. I saw no Bus but minibus chartered by communities and groups of friends.
— Jherson Jaya (@mytravelinglife) March 5, 2022
— Nahihiwagaan (@yanyanmahiwaga) March 6, 2022
That’s the thing about political dynasties. Families with monopoly of power think they practically own the land and their subjects. Hindi po yata tamang gawing family business ang public service. Remember Vico Sotto crashed decades worth if dynasty in Pasig. Kaya ng Cavite yan ☺️
— Bambi ϟ (@socallmebambi) March 6, 2022
What are your thoughts on these claims and allegations?