SK President confirms bribery prior to election Print
Tuesday, 29 May 2018 16:23

By r.g antonet go

The newly elected President of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) has admitted learning about offers of projects and cash prior to the SK Federation election held last week.

Reports surfaced after the election of the first batch of SK officers under the SK Reform Law, passed to guard against politicizing the young leaders.

Cary John Ofendoreyes, newly- elected SK Federation President, admitted learning about the offers but said that they can not identify the specific person making the offer.

Information on the supposed bribery of SK officials were learned as reports of ‘hostage taking’ also surfaced prior to the election.

Ofendoreyes denied that some SK chairpersons were taken hostage, saying that the latter had instead “sought assistance” from  District II Congressman Celso Lobregat.

Sixty (60) to seventy (70) SK Chairmen reportedly asked for assistance and were housed for two days by the congressman before the election.

Ofendoreyes, however, failed to say why they opted to be accommodated for two days and the activities they underwent while being accommodated.

“Nohay hostage ya susede. Nohay kanamun dale cosa o ofrece sen. Kame ya atraka y pidi ayuda,” Pioc said.

Pioc won during the election with 74 votes.

Allegations of politicizing Sangguniang Kabataan officials have been reported in the past and were said to have been the cause for the passage of Republic Act 10742, the SK Reform Law.

As newly-elected SK President, Pioc also sits as the newest member of the Sangguniang Panlungsod. (RGAAGo)