Gutoc blasts graft-tainted candidates in Revilla-bailiwick Cavite

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 07 2019 12:03 AM

KAWIT, Cavite - Otso Diretso bet Samira Gutoc on Monday slammed corruption-tainted candidates in a campaign speech in Cavite province, a bailiwick of former senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., who was tagged in the pork barrel scam case.

Gutoc did not mention specific names, but the crowd cheered as she lambasted candidates who “have the gall to run for public office despite pending multi-million cases.”

“Kabastusan yan na may P100-million na kaso pero tatakbo ka pa rin samantalang kami na hindi kilala, walang bahid, walang tsansa,” Gutoc told Caviteño voters.

“Kabastusan 'yan sa ipinaglaban ng Cavite,” she said in reference to the venue where the Philippines declared its independence from Spain.

Revilla’s son, Jolo, is running unopposed for Cavite vice-governor. His wife, incumbent Baccor City Mayor Lani Mercado, and his brother, Cavite second district Rep. Strike Revilla are both vying for a second term.

“We really have to point out to the people na those with clean records matter,” Gutoc told ABS-CBN News after the sortie.

“Last stretch na kasi. Talagang nahirapan kami sa resources. They have the billions and the millions. They have the machinery advantage talaga,” she said.

“Dapat makita nila ng klaro na nananakawan ang future nila because may mga interests to protect, na they have cases and they have to protect themselves,” she added.

Revilla was acquitted of plunder in December 2018, and posted bail for 16 other graft cases.

Former senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada were also jailed for their alleged involvement in the funneling of public funds into their personal accounts using bogus non-government organizations.

The 92-year-old Enrile was released for humanitarian considerations due to his age, while Estrada is out on bail. Both Enrile and Estrada are also gunning for a Senate comeback in this year’s polls.

“It’s okay. Yang mga may kaso, maaasar talaga sila sa akin,” Gutoc said when asked how she would feel if her remarks result in a backlash.

“We are the small candidates. [I want a] fighting chance para sa kahit isa man lang sa amin na walang bahid ng kahit anong question pero walang equal chance because we are not part of dynasties, we are not part of big bailiwicks,” she said.

“We have to point it out clearly. Last stretch na ito, last rally, last impression. We have to point it out clearly,” she said.