JUST IN: "Drug Money Made Leila Win" - Francis Tolentino
Defeated senatorial candidate Francis Tolentino yesterday told the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) that Sen. Leila de Lima used “drug money” in her campaign to win the 12th Senate seat in the May 9 balloting.
Tolentino was roundly criticized for sponsoring a lewd show of the girl group “Playgirls” in Laguna in October 2015. He was supposed to join De Lima in the senatorial slate of the then ruling Liberal Party, but the incident prompted him to cut his ties from the party of his close friend, former President Aquino.“One of the issues we answered was the reply of De Lima that she did not have money for the campaign,” Tolentino told reporters.
He also claimed that the manipulation of the vote count for the senatorial race was committed during the transmission of the results.
While admitting that De Lima’s lead over him was substantial, he argued that the total number of votes they garnered should not matter as he was questioning how the election results were transmitted.
“That’s not the issue here,” he said. “It’s about the electronic transmission… because it was possible that there was double transmission… It’s not about the number (of votes) or the (margin) of her lead.”
He noted that senators who won were separated only by about 800,000 votes.