Ten vote-buying cases filed at Comelec ahead of polls

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Commission on Elections official cited ten vote-buying cases have been disclosed by their legal department a mere few days before the May 13 midterm elections.

Head of the poll body’s anti-vote-buying task force, Comelec director John Rex Laudiangco, stated on Friday that they are synchronizing with the National Prosecution Service of the Department of Justice to determine the number of complaints filed at prosecutors’ offices.

Presidential Anti-Corruption Commissioner Greco Belgica, meanwhile, noted his office is handling 15 reports for possible filing at the Comelec.

Belgica said at a conference that his office has received reports of vote-buying allegedly happening in Pasay, Manila, Muntinlupa, Misamis Occidental, as well as in Santiago City, Isabela, where he said there have also been reports of government vehicles being used for campaigning.

Earlier, Comelec sprung up a task force intended at accelerating the investigation and prosecution of vote-buying, which Laudiangco stated is the “most challenging” election offense.

Vote-buying is said to be indictable by a prison term of one to six years, disqualification to hold public office, and deprivation of the right to vote.

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