(RICE FOR VOTES. Some 1,250 sacks of NFA rice were distributed on May 5 in Lourdes Northwest covered court in Angeles City. While there are no candidates present, brochures of Team LET IT BE, led by Bryan Nepomuceno, Edu Pamintuan, and ABEKA Partylist were also distributed. The Commission on Elections (COMELEC), under the Omnibus Election Code, prohibits any person from giving money or anything of value to any person, association, corporation, entity, or community in order to induce anyone or the public in general to vote for any candidate.)
ANGELES CITY, PAMPANGA – Incumbent Angeles City Vice Mayor and mayoralty bet Atty. Bryan Matthew Nepomuceno, running mate and vice mayorable, City Councilor Eduardo “Edu” Pamintuan, Jr., along with their entire slate, Team LET IT BE, and ABEKA Partylist are under great criticism for their alleged massive distribution of rice to residents of Barangay Lourdes Northwest, this city, last May 5, 2019, in violation of the Omnibus Election Code, which prohibits candidates from distributing gifts, either in cash or kind, during election season.
Five trucks carrying NFA rice were photographed distributing rice to a congregation of village residents gathered at the covered court in Barangay Lourdes Northwest.
There were no candidates present during the event, however, according to villager Rodolfo Estacio, brochures of Nepomuceno, Pamintuan, Team LET IT BE, and ABEKA partylist were given to the villagers who received the bags of rice.
Under Section 261, Prohibited Acts of the Omnibus Election Code, it is unlawful for any person to give money or anything of value to any person, association, corporation, entity, or community in order to induce anyone or the public in general to vote for any candidate.