A senatorial candidate from Bukidnon has filed a disqualification case versus Nacionalista Party (NP) standard bearer Senator Manny Villar. Liberal Party (LP) senatorial bet Nereus Acosta, along with fellow senatoriable Martin Bautista, has asked the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Thursday to disqualify Villar from running in the presidential race.
Both claimed that Villar violated the Omnibus Election Code and Fair Elections Practices Act.
According to their petition, Villar violated the said act by giving out 20 peso bills and allegedly lying about his brother’s death in his advertisements.
Villar, for his part, has earlier denied that he bought votes. He said that the children, who received the 20 peso bills, were not registered voters anyway.
Villar also lambasted the LP for calling him a liar with regard to the issue of his brother’s death. The NP presidential candidate said that he never lied in all of his advertisements.
Acosta used to be a third term congressman in the first district of Bukidnon. During the last election, he lost to Bukidnon Gov. Jose Ma. Zubiri, Jr.