MANILA, May 9, 2016 – As the electoral process evolves with technology, so does the method and means for vote-buying, allege several, unverified reports that have come to the attention of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) Command Center in Manila.
According to reports, one new method is the arrangement of paying a voter Php6,000 monthly if he or she votes a specific candidate. No details were given on the period covered by the monthly payments.
The other means was more restrictive and involved the application of indelible ink on a voter’s finger to prevent him or her from voting his actual choice. This scheme guaranteed a voter Php 1,000.
“Instead of counting your vote for a candidate they actually put indelible ink on your finger, [this] means they don’t want you to vote. I suppose the implication there is that they don’t want you to vote because they don’t like you to vote for the opposing candidate,” explained Anna de Villa Singson, the PPCRV media director during one of the hourly press conferences at the PPCRV command center.
Singson reiterated that the gathering of incident reports is not to cause panic but to “encourage movement and utilization of resources.”
“Especially the disenfranchisement, really a lot, too many, too many people have been deprived from their right to vote. Let’s be fair,” stressed the PPCRV media director.
On a lighter note, PPCRV reports a greater number of early bird voters this year.
“Voters are early! Voters now are very eager to practice their democratic rights!” said Singson, noting voters’ enthusiasm to exercise their rights to suffrage. (Chrixy Paguirigan / CBCPNews)