Massive Vote Buying may Decide the Winner in the Special Election in Zambales
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Massive Vote Buying may Decide the Winner in the Special Election in Zambales

Iba : Philippines | Feb 04, 2012 at 7:52 AM PST
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A lady reporter narrated with a chilling voice the alleged massive vote buying on the day of the special election in the second district of Zambales to elect their representative to the Congress. She was reporting from Iba, Zambales.

The vote buying tactics through material to cash came in many ways, to mention two: (1) PhP 500 is given to voters in installment basis, PhP200 is given initially, then the remaining PhP300 is given next after voting and when it was confirmed that the voter has voted the candidate he/she was asked to vote; and (2) the voters were sent to a designated place where they will get the PhP500 for their votes.

But vote buying began even before the official campaign period started. As early as December last year, an aspiring candidate was reported to have given PhP 2k to PhP 10K to barangay tanods, teachers and barangay officials. Another candidate distributed cash for scholarship program; the third promised better and a wider coverage of scholarship program; and the fourth donated a vehicle in every town.

Violence also erupted. Around six (6) last night two groups confronted each other resulting to shooting that killed Cesar Mado and wounding others in Botolan, Zambales. However, another report claimed 6 deaths in the said incident.

Another incident in barangay Uacon in the town of Candelaria 11 last night allegedly ended in four deaths. A van was reported to have dropped pieces of PhP500 bills to people on the street, this people hurriedly picked-up the bills but were ran over by a coming sports utility van.

As of this writing, most of the municipal canvassing is still going on but the camp of Ebdane is already celebrating.

ben696molino is based in Antipolo, Southern Tagalog, Philippines, and is a Stringer for Allvoices.
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