Comelec urged to disqualify bets engaging in vote buying



MANILA, Philippines – Senator Francis Pangilinan dared the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Monday to disqualify candidates who engage in vote-buying so as to end the “vicious and corrupting cycle” and send a “clear signal” to the whole country.

“It is a known fact that, all over the country, politicos buy votes under the guise of solicitations,” Pangilinan said in a statement Monday.

“The lack of action on the part of the Comelec all these years on rampant vote-buying has made the practice ingrained,” he said.

Pangilinan urged Comelec to create a task force that would focus on going after politicians who resort to buying votes and file disqualification cases against them.

“I am certain that even if only 10 cases of vote buying prosper and lead to disqualification before Election Day, it will send a clear signal for the rest of the nation and will create a major dent in the anti-vote buying effort,” he said.

“No candidate would want to have a case hanging over his head while campaigning,” Pangilinan added.

He however lamented that no one has ever been disqualified for vote buying before Election Day. This has led to officials being elected into office who have gotten used to using illegal means and “would go on breaking the law once in office,” Pangilinan said.

“This vicious and corrupting cycle must end,” he said.

Pangilinan added that the honest candidates who don’t engage in vote-buying have no fighting chance against the corrupt politicians. “The only recourse of the honest candidate is to have these politicians disqualified by a proactive and courageous Comelec,” he said.

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  • magiting78

    Mr. Senator you mean walang chance manalo yung mga kandidato n walang kakayanan mamili ng boto?…Ibig sabihin inaamin mo n namimili ka boto? kasi nanalo ka eh…..

  • JasonBieber

    Vote buying will not win elections nor will dynasties.

    What it looks like will win the votes is whoever is in control of the PCOS machines. The machines are already admittedly faulty and not working properly. To be specific they are missing this supposedly source codes and the machines are not properly scanning the ballots…so it looks like elections will either be a crap shoot or predetermined…unless they do something about it soon of course.

  • ThePattern

    kung pakikinggan ng comelec ang dakdak ng isang ito eh di wala ng pagpipilian ang mga bobotante?

    • Eet

      bakit negative ang dating mo sa plano? ibiig bang sabihin ok lang sa iyo ang vote buying?    eh baka naman bumibili ka rin ng boto mo mr. pattern. o sadyang patern na talaga sa isip  mong mangdaya. kawawa naman ng inyong lugar kung ikaw ang magiging pinono ng inyong barangay. Jesus Christ!

      • ThePattern

        sarcasm my friend, sarcasm at wala akong planong pumasok sa pulitika at sirain ang buhay ko. sentido common.

  • billy gunner

    ok, noted!

  • Ramon S

    Yes… but most of the candidate today. Don’t buy the voters .. but the election commissioner … what is this…???

  • tarikan

    The Comelec…filing charges of vote buying to unscrupulous politicians? This makes me laugh. And politicians found guilty would be disqualified before election time? Again this makes me laugh. Okay, okay the Comelec files charges, how long will it take to hand in the verdict, five, ten, fifteen years? Would it be within God’s lifetime? Suntok sa buwan! 

  • Fred

    Francis, kaya mo bang ivolunteer ang serbisyo mo sa Comelec?

  • Harry

    Arrest and penalize also those that sold their votes.

  • dxdaistar

    PANGILINAN, idol kita ngayon, di gaya ng juvenile law mo na talagang PALPAK!
    Kung totoo na ipatupad yang sinabi mo na ma-disqualify ang mga bumili ng boto, eh di wala na halos tayong kandidato kasi halos lahat sila bumibili ng boto hahahahaha. Di nga ma-disqualify na wala pang campaign period, namimili na ng boto. At tama ang nagbenta ng boto ay dapat papugutan ng ulo, at least konti na lang ang botante kasi halos lahat napugutan na ng ulo. Sa palagay nyo kaya may kandidato pa na hindi bumubili ng boto?

  • disqusted0fu

    Comelec has neglected the important problems encountered during the election period such as this and the most important one being the PCOS machines’ inefficiency. The PH has the stage set for another unsuccessful elections courtesy of the inaction of the Comelec.

  • opinyonlangpo

    There will be no one left.

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