Colombian senator José David Name (Partido de la U), initiator of a
smoking ban in Colombia, says he has was offered bribes and received
death threats because of his initiative.
The lawmaker says he has been receiving “strange messages, frightening phonecalls and the offer for money to withdraw the draft”, he told newspaper El Espectador.
Name says he was approached by an unknown man inside the building of the Congress who offered him 500 million pesos (US$240,000) to withdraw the bill.
Despite the money offered and the death threats sent to him, the lawmaker is determined to push forth the legislative process for his smoking ban.