Maceda denies holding raffle in Manila

By Alexis Romero, The Philippine Star

Posted at Mar 01 2013 10:06 AM | Updated as of Mar 01 2013 06:06 PM

DASMARIÑAS, Cavite – United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial bet Ernesto Maceda on Thursday denied that he held a raffle in Manila and is ready to explain his side to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Maceda said the raffle was organized by Manila Rep. Amado Bagatsing and the Kabalikat ng Bayan sa Kaunlaran (Kabaka). He added that the raffle did not push through.

“Definitely there was no raffle held,” Maceda told reporters in an UNA sortie held here.

“Actually, I did not hold the raffle. It was a raffle of KABAKA and Cong. Bagatsing. I was just asked to pick up the names,” he added.

Maceda said he has not received a letter from the Comelec asking him to explain the raffle, which reportedly offered P500 cash prize.

“I will explain when I receive the letter,” he said.

On Wednesday, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said they would ask Maceda to explain why a raffle was held during a meeting of Kabaka last Tuesday.

A report by GMA News said Maceda was with Bagatsing and Ali Atienza, who is running for councilor, when the raffle was announced.

The report said Maceda called names but did not distribute the prize money. GMA News reported that the senatorial bet also announced his number on the election ballot.

Earlier, the Comelec asked Team PNoy senatorial candidate Jamby Madrigal to explain why she organized a contest that offered iPads via social networking sites.

The contest promised iPads to those who would give the best anti-corruption slogans.

Madrigal’s camp has apologized for holding the contest but claimed that she did not approve of the promotion.

Despite the apology, the Comelec is investigating whether Magdrigal violated election laws for coming out with the contest.