May 13, 2019
Kontra Daya has received several allegations of vote buying in the provinces of La Union, Bataan, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Camarines Norte, Negros Occidental, Aklan, Leyte, Samar, Cebu, Davao, Agusan del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur. Amounts reportedly range from P200 to as much as P4,500.
In Metro Manila, Kontra Daya received reports on vote buying in Quezon City and in Taguig City.
Volunteers on the ground described the vote buying as “widespread,” “massive,” “brazen,” and “insulting.” There were several reports detailing how vote buying is coursed through their respective barangay officials. Others are reportedly “helping” voters find their precincts in exchange of votes.
Police have reportedly arrested those allegedly involved in vote buying in Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental. Among those confiscated are sample ballots with P1,000 each attached. In a separate report sent to Kontra Daya, there were allegedly 28 suspects arrested.
In Samar, vote buying reportedly began as early as January. #