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Robredo calls to enforce laws on vote buying instead of making big deal out of her remark

/ 01:26 PM October 29, 2021
Vice President Leni Robredo speaking before Meeting of the Rotary Club of Manila. Screengrab from Facebook / OVP

Vice President Leni Robredo speaking before Meeting of the Rotary Club of Manila. Screengrab from Facebook / OVP

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential aspirant and Vice President Leni Robredo on Friday fired back at her critics who kept on making a big deal of her statement about vote-buying.

Robredo, in a press conference, said that she is not condoning vote buying, but is only pointing out the “realities on the ground” that vote-buying remains very rampant despite it being an offense against the Omnibus Election Code.

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“Ito yung realities eh. Dapat ang pinoproblema natin, hindi yung statement ko. Ang problema natin ay kung pano mae-enforce yun [laws against vote buying],” Robredo told reporters and supporters in Sorsogon.

(That’s the reality. Don’t make a big deal of my statement. Our problem is how to enforce the laws against vote-buying.)

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The vice president called on government forces to enforce laws against vote-buying, noting that she was a victim of vote-buying herself.

Robredo, while stressing that vote-buying is an illegal act, told voters to take a more pragmatic approach of taking the money from politicians — which, she said, could be taxpayer’s money anyway — but vote based on conscience. She said this could also serve as a lesson to politicians if they did not win the elections despite paying for votes.

The presidential aspirant also said it is “easy” to say that one is against vote-buying without considering other factors.

Robredo said: “Madali lang sabihin na kontra ako sa vote buying, pero yung pagkontra kasi kailangan i-situate. Kontra ako sa vote buying, pero bakit merong batas against sa vote buying pero bakit masyadong flagrant yung bilihan ng boto on the ground?”

(It’s easy to say that I am against vote-buying, but we need to situate our opposition in a certain context. I am against vote-buying, but why does vote-buying remain flagrant on the ground despite the laws against it?)

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