vote-buying - updates

Rappler's latest stories on vote-buying


Palawan group accuses reelected Governor Alvarez of vote buying

May 19, 2019 - 8:40 PM

'Bakit naman iuugnay sa akin? Nakita ba akong nang-aabot ng pera? Wala eh,' says Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez, in response to vote-buying allegations

Prosecutor junks vote buying raps vs Cebu SK members

May 17, 2019 - 1:44 PM

'Circumstances narrated by complainants are viewed contrary to human experience when illegal or illicit trade or actions are done,' says the prosecutor

PNP backpedals, files vote buying case vs Bingbong Crisologo

May 13, 2019 - 7:44 PM

(UPDATED) Police accuse Bingbong Crisologo of violating Section 261 (a) of the Omnibus Election Code – vote-buying and selling

FREE FOR NOW. Congressman Bingbong Crisologo leaves the Quezon City Hall of Justice after his inquest proceedings, May 13, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Election-related violence disrupts voting in various provinces

May 13, 2019 - 4:02 PM

Shootings and explosions are reported in polling centers and precincts across the country

Vote-buying crackdown 'prone to abuse'

May 13, 2019 - 9:03 AM

(UPDATED) Arrests of alleged vote buyers might be influenced by politicians, say election watchdog Lente, Rappler editor

VOTE-BUYING. Authorities show to media sample ballots enclosed with P1,000 cash seized from suspects in Moises Padilla towno on May 12, 2019. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

28 arrested for vote buying, illegal campaign in Negros Occidental town

May 13, 2019 - 8:18 AM

Police say reelectionist Moises Padilla Mayor Magdaleno Peña called them to question some of the arrests

EVIDENCE. Police seize sample ballots enclosed with P1,000 cash from 28 suspects in Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental, on May 12,2019. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Vote buying complaint lodged vs ex-Zambales governor Ebdane

May 13, 2019 - 6:09 AM

Barangay chairman Noel Landero of Bato, Palauig accuses former governor Hermogenes Ebdane Jr of violating the Omnibus Election Code

ALLEGATION OF VOTE BUYING. Zambales reelectionist Governor Jun Ebdane is accused of vote buying

Crisologo to sue Quezon City police for 'illegal arrest'

May 13, 2019 - 2:50 AM

Quezon City mayoral candidate Bingbong Crisologo claims he was arrested without being read his rights and without being told what cases he is set to face

Arrested for obstruction of justice, Congressman Crisologo is presently held at Camp Karingal in Quezon City in connection with alledged vote buying charges on May 12, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler.

Crisologo arrest: Cops retrieve only P800 from 'vote buying site'

May 13, 2019 - 2:20 AM

Along with Quezon City mayoral bet Bingbong Crisologo, over 40 of his supporters are also arrested for alleged vote buying. But cops are only able to retrieve P800 from one person.

Several volunteers belonging to the camp of incumbent congressman and Quezon City mayoral candidate Bingbong Crisologo are arrested in connection with the alledged vote buying activities in Barangay Bahay Toro on May 12, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Lente vows to be 'independent' despite Comelec partnership

May 12, 2019 - 9:54 PM

'We stepped in despite the two weeks notice because it has a vital purpose in our elections,' says Lente executive director Ona Caritos

MACHINE TESTING. Teachers serving as election inspectors conduct the final testing of vote-counting machines at Araullo High School in Manila on May 8, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Bingbong Crisologo arrested for staff's alleged vote buying in QC

May 12, 2019 - 9:33 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Quezon City mayoral bet Bingbong Crisologo is in custody at Camp Karingal for alleged obstruction of justice

Arrested for obstruction of justice, Congressman Crisologo is presently held at Camp Karingal in Quezon City in connection with alledged vote buying charges on May 12, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler.

3 barangay officials, 57 others arrested for alleged vote-buying in Makati

May 12, 2019 - 2:25 PM

NCRPO chief Guillermo Eleazar says the suspects supposedly operated from inside a barangay hall in Makati City

VOTE-BUYING. Police arrest suspected vote-buyers and vote-sellers in Makati City on May 11, 2019.

Suspected vote-buyers, sellers arrested nationwide

May 12, 2019 - 8:30 AM

(4th UPDATE) The Philippine National Police has formed 105 teams tasked to address vote-buying incidents

Heherson Alvarez withdraws from Isabela congressional race

May 12, 2019 - 12:43 AM

The ex-lawmaker cites the prevalence of vote-buying as the reason for his withdrawal

WITHDRAWING. In this file photo, former Senator Heherson Alvarez files a case opposing the late President Ferdinand Marcos' burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

#PHVote podcast: Ano-ano ang paraan ng vote-buying?

May 06, 2019 - 5:54 PM

May paraan pa ba para matigil ang talamak na pagbili at pagbebenta ng boto sa Pilipinas?

10 suspected vote-buyers arrested in Cavite

May 05, 2019 - 7:30 PM

(UPDATED) Cavite gubernatorial bet Jonvic Remulla says the suspects are mere poll watchers who were arrested while distributing the travel allowance of their colleagues

VOTE-BUYERS? CIDG arrests suspected vote-buyers in Bacoor, Cavite. Photo from Shutterstock

Newsbreak Chats: Vote-buying beyond just giving cash

Apr 25, 2019 - 4:09 PM

On Tuesday, April 9, the team sits down with election lawyer and Rappler columnist Emil Marañon III to discuss what counts as vote-buying and how do the anti-vote buying laws fare in implementation

[EXPLAINER] Catching vote-buyers is not just the Comelec’s job

Apr 23, 2019 - 9:00 PM

There are only two Comelec employees in every city and municipality. If we want to counter vote-buying effectively, both the citizenry and candidates have to be vigilant.

Legazpi bishop urges voters not to sell their votes

Apr 15, 2019 - 10:55 PM

Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon even challenges parishioners who attended the Palm Sunday service to drop the palaspas if they will give in to vote buying

EASTER. Bishop Joel Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi leads the children back to Albay Cathedral right after the Easter Sunday dawn mass held at Penaranda Park. File photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

[EXPLAINER] Vote-buying is not just giving or taking cash

Apr 15, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The law prohibiting vote-buying covers not only candidates but also the voters

IN PHOTOS: From Luzon to Mindanao, violence, vote buying, confusion reported

May 15, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Several illegal practices during election are still happening, says voters

PNP arrest 8 for vote-buying in Calabarzon barangay polls

May 14, 2018 - 5:54 PM

Comelec urges voters and witnesses to report cases of vote-buying

PNP CHIEF. Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde speaks at the midday briefing on the barangay and SK elections 2018 on Monday, May 14. Screengrab from Rappler video

VLOG: Signs of vote buying in Samar

May 09, 2016 - 9:38 PM

Derek Alviola reports on the vote buying cases in Samar a known election hotspot on election day

Image by Nico Villarete / Rappler

'LP buying votes in Baybay City' - Levito Baligod

May 09, 2016 - 5:03 PM

UPDATED The senatorial bet s team gets yellow sample ballots with P500 each allegedly from the local candidates of the Liberal Party

BLOTTER. Senatorial bet Levito Baligod's team report the alleged vote buying paraphernalia to Baybay City police. Photo courtest of Levito Baligod's team

#PHVoteWatch: Vote machine glitches mar election day

May 09, 2016 - 8:35 AM

Early morning voters encounter problems with the vote counting machines and delays at the precincts

At least 33 Samar residents leave homes due to vote-buying threats

May 09, 2016 - 4:45 AM

A resident says the armed men were allegedly sent by a gubernatorial candidate under the Liberal Party in Samar

Cagayan gubernatorial bet accused of vote buying

May 09, 2016 - 12:52 AM

Regional Public Safety Battalion claims voters and recipients lists with signatures plus P60 000 cash were recovered from a gubernatorial bet supporter s house

ALLEGATIONS. Cagayan gubernatorial candidate Cristina Antonio says she is in "shock" over accusations of vote buying. Photo from Facebook

Fire in Dumaguete kills 2, razes 96 houses

May 08, 2016 - 8:52 PM

A commotion ensues at the relief operations center over donations from politicians

DUMAGUETE FIRE. Residents look for things they can save from their houses. Photo by Nash Denver Baya/ Rappler

Performance artist takes battle vs vote-buying to church

May 08, 2016 - 8:33 PM

Performance artist Nicolas Aca brings his Boto: Goto performance to a church in Cagayan De Oro and tells voters Boto dili baligya Do not sell your vote

#PHVoteWatch: Violence, vote buying incidents on May 8

May 08, 2016 - 1:34 PM

UPDATED Here are some of the vote buying vote selling campaign offenses and other election related incidents reported through Rappler s PHVoteWatch Map on Sunday May 8

Angeles City vice mayoral candidate accused of vote buying

May 08, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Lawyer Willie Rivera denies the allegation and says this is a last ditch effort to discredit him at this point in the elections

PAMPANGA. Police Senior Inspector Rolando Doroja, Angeles City Police Office's Station 5 chief, shows cash amounting to P7700 in P100 bills and 4 pages of paper bearing the list of names of persons which was reportedly recovered from two men. Photo: Chris Navarro

#PHVoteWatch: Violence, vote-buying incidents on May 7

May 08, 2016 - 3:30 AM

Reports of vote buying and election related incidents are reported in Cavite Negros Oriental Cebu Misamis Oriental and Tawi Tawi

Ex-Comelec exec on 2016 polls: 'Vote-buying now is just crazy’

May 07, 2016 - 5:15 PM

Automated [elections] eliminated some forms of cheating but it increased the number of incidents of vote buying says former Comelec commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal

2016 ELECTIONS. Former Commission on Elections Gregorio Larrazabal weighs in on the 2016 elections and Comelec preparations on Rappler Talk on May 7, 2016

10 municipalities in Region 12 declared 'areas of concern'

May 07, 2016 - 7:00 AM

This is mainly for precautionary purposes because of the confirmed presence of armed groups and the intense political rivalries in these areas a Comelec official says

#PHVote: ‘Your vote is your dignity’

Apr 30, 2016 - 1:53 AM

We invited netizens to answer the question ‘What is your vote worth?’ Here are some of the best answers

#PHVoteWatch: Report vote buying, other election wrongdoing

Apr 26, 2016 - 3:01 PM

Report cases of vote buying vote selling election related violence campaign violations and other forms of election problems and offenses using the PHVoteWatch map

Vote selling among the poor a 'logical' decision - think tank

Apr 25, 2016 - 9:45 PM

The Institute of Philippine Culture found that accepting money among poor voters does not necessarily mean selling one s vote

VOTE SELLING. Among the poor communities, those struck by disasters (represented by Tacloban City) do not believe that accepting money means selling their vote. Screengrab from IPC

CONVERSATION: What is your vote worth?

Apr 22, 2016 - 9:29 PM

We asked netizens to speak out against vote buying Here s what they had to say

The Scrum: Can Mar Roxas be charged with vote buying?

Apr 22, 2016 - 8:30 AM

The answer is no if the basis of a complaint would be the now viral video of a Liberal Party rally in Cotabato where envelopes were handed to members of the audience

'Politically-motivated' killings aplenty before PH elections – CHR

Apr 08, 2016 - 12:45 PM

What incidents of violence have been happening around the country before election day?

#PHVote: When drought, politics, and firearms mix

Apr 04, 2016 - 12:50 PM

Mindanao has always been every government’s Achilles heel but more so this administration

Comelec urges public to report vote-buying

Apr 03, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Vote buying is a problem that will stay with us until such time that people are enlightened about it and how it’s ridiculous says Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez

OFFENSE. Vote buying and vote selling are considered election offenses under Philippine law, however, they still happen every election year

The many ways of buying votes

Apr 03, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Will you sell your vote for a couple of bucks or favors?

OFFENSE. Vote buying and vote selling are considered election offenses under Philippine law, however, they still happen every election year

Time to change our hypocritical approach to vote buying

Mar 30, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Anti vote buying campaigns are grounded on the pretentious narrative of a Filipino who is poor yet moral This is so detached from the reality that for someone who has nothing to eat money is money

Gambling on politics

Mar 23, 2016 - 5:04 PM

Pampanga s Bong Pineda unlike his tamer predecessors has exhibited greater audacity by directly influencing and meddling in politics even at the national level

We will not bribe voters - Baguio mayoral bets

Mar 08, 2016 - 12:50 AM

I will not offer or give bribes or gifts to corrupt the integrity of our democratic process

Miriam Santiago: In elections, you witness 'perpetual' plunder

Mar 01, 2016 - 4:37 PM

The presidential candidate tells students in Biñan Laguna: Politicians steal money from government then use that money to campaign

Nancy Binay: My father's viral video is 'saddening'

Feb 24, 2016 - 9:20 PM

In the video people lined up to receive money from Vice President Jejomar Binay

Binay to voters: Take politicians' money but vote for your choice

Feb 23, 2016 - 11:15 AM

Take the money put in your pocket and then vote for who you want especially the likes of Binay and Honasan the United Nationalist Alliance standard bearer tells voters in Iligan City

VOTE FOR ME. Vice President Jejomar Binay, United Nationalist Alliance standard-bearer, bares his platform to voters in Iligan City on February 22,2016. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Binay warns gov't workers using anti-poverty fund to buy votes for LP

Feb 15, 2016 - 4:49 PM

The UNA standard bearer says his camp will sue any government worker caught electioneering

EXPANDED ANTI-POVERTY PROGRAM. Vice President Jejomar Binay, standard-bearer of the United Nationalist Alliance, tells voters in Pasay City on February 15, 2016, it's a lie that he will discontinue the Pantawid Pamilya Program of the Aquino government; in fact, he will expand its coverage. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler