Colleagues who try to bribe their way to Senate leadership will be exposed: Gordon

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 01 2019 07:28 PM

MANILA—Sen. Richard Gordon on Saturday warned that he would "expose" his colleagues, should he find out that they are trying to bribe their way to the Senate presidency.

"Ako ’pag nalaman kong may pera-pera ie-expose ko ’yan dahil 24 lang kami, bakit naman ganu’n may pera-pera pa? Wala naman sigurong pera-pera, I’m sure," he told radio DWIZ.

Gordon made the statement after Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez said lawmakers would spend some P500,000 and P1 million for the votes of their colleagues to get the House Speakership.

"Purposely, hindi ako lumapit doon sa mga funders para meron akong ipamigay na P500,000, P1 million. Ganun po sadly," Alvarez told ANC on Monday.

"Ayaw ko nang sabihin kung sino," he said when asked to identify the lawmakers.

While Gordon hopes the process is clean, he said it's possible bribery has occurred.

"I think this has happened before. Di ko inaalis ’yan, dahil parang ‘Game of Thrones’ ’yan," he said.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson on Friday drafted a resolution expressing continued support for Senate President Vicente Sotto III, hoping to settle the issue as to who should lead the upper chamber in the 18th Congress.

There has been talk that Sotto’s leadership in the Senate will be challenged, after senator-elect Imee Marcos said there was a move to “push” Sen. Cynthia Villar, who topped the 2019 midterm polls, to the Senate presidency.