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Comelec says initial probe on 17 vote-buying cases in 2022 polls underway

/ 09:18 PM June 24, 2022
Comelec says initial probe on 17 cases of vote-buying in 2022 polls underway

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MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has launched its preliminary investigation on 17 cases of vote-buying in the May 2022 elections.

Comelec acting spokesperson John Rex Lauduangco disclosed this Friday as he explained that a total of 113 complaints were received and acted upon by the poll body’s anti-vote buying task force.

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Of the 113 cases, he noted, 17 incidents are now undergoing the initial probe after verified complaint-affidavits were filed before the Comelec’s law department.

According to Laudiangco, the number of complaints that the Comelec received is fewer than anticipated.

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“Yes,” he said when asked if the number of complaints on vote-buying is better than Comelec’s expectations.

“But we have to remember that the prescription period for election offenses is 5 years from the date of commission. Kaya pwede pa po mag-file pa (So they can still file),” he also told reporters.

Vote-buying and vote-selling incidents may be reported to the official Facebook page of the Comelec’s Task Force Kontra Bigay, or through the panel’s e-mail address: [email protected]

Vote-buying is considered an election offense under the Omnibus Election Code.

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