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Vote buying in Caloocan? Echiverris, Malapitan speak up

Published May 15, 2013, 11:38 a.m. PHT

Last updated May 15, 2013, 1:11 p.m. PHT

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(JPR) — Candidates for local positions in Caloocan City, Philippines, responded to vote buying allegations.

OSCAR “OCA” MALAPITAN
Mayor-elect, Caloocan City

At hanggang kaninang madaling araw, namimili sila ng boto, namimigay ng bigas. Ngayon, pumunta kayo doon sa Bagong Barrio, may namimili pa (ng boto). Namimigay sila ng isang maliit [na papel] na parang cheke, ewan ko kung paano nila babayaran iyon. Pero ako, nakita ko [na] iyong libu-libong binayaran nila, Oca Malapitan pa rin ang iboboto.

(They are buying votes. They are giving rice [to voters]. Now, go to every school [here]. Some are still buying votes there in Bagong Barrio. They are giving away vouchers. I’m not sure how they’re going to pay those. I saw that the thousands of those they’ve paid will still vote for me.)

Namimigay sila ng ganito hanggang ngayon. Nandu-doon sa Bagong Barrio Elementary School na buti napigilan ng mga tauhan ko, noong mga supporter ko. Pero, kung doon nagbibigay sila, [sa] lahat ng eskwelahan nagbibigay sila.

(They are giving away this right now. They’re in Bagong Barrio Elementary School. It’s good that my supporters caught them. But, if they’re giving away this there, then they’re also doing the same in all schools.)

Reporter: Sir, ano daw kapalit niyan?  (Sir, what are they exchanging that for?)

Pera daw, eh. (Money, they said.)

Reporter: Walang sinabi kung magkano? (They didn’t say for how much?)

Baka hindi kayo maniwala. P4,000 daw. (You might not believe. But, it’s for P4,000.)

Since 1988, ito ang pinaka-mainit, ito ang pinaka-garapalang eleksyon dito sa Caloocan. Dito very, very massive ang vote buying. Maraming mga nasaktan. In fact, kagabi lang, ‘yong dalawang supporters ko na navi-vigil sa akin, ginulpi ng tatlong mga naka-PUJ na walang plaka.

Since 1988, this is the most heated election here in Caloocan. Vote buying is very massive here. Many are hurt. In fact, last night, two of my supports were hurt by people on jeepneys with no plate numbers.

 

ENRICO “RECOM” ECHIVERRI
Outgoing mayor, Caloocan City

Wala akong nakitang problema except ‘yong mga paputok nilang may vote buying … kami rin naghahanap kami ng vote buying. Kumuha pa kami ng task force coming from CIDG courtesy of DILG na hanapin talaga yung vote buying because they really want to pin down this.

(I see no problems except for their expose on vote buying. We’re also looking for cases of vote buying. We sought the help of the CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group) to form a task force that will look into cases of vote buying because they want to pin down violators.)

Alam mo hindi ko alam ‘tong vouchers na ‘to. I don’t know. Alam mo, kahapon din, may umikot na Recomendado newspaper namin, noong basahin ko puro negative sa akin. Saan galing ito?

(You know, I’m not familiar with these vouchers. I don’t know. You know, yesterday, Recomendado newspapers were distributed. But when I read it, it’s full of negative [articles] about me. Where is this from?)

RJ ECHIVERRI
Mayoral candidate, Caloocan City

Reporter: Ano po ‘yong voucher sa may tent doon. Yung voucher na parang “Echiverri Vote Force”. Binibigay ito sa mga watchers. (What are those vouchers in the tent there. The “Echiverri Vote Force” voucher. They’re giving away those to watchers.)

I think it’s more of the precinct number. Marami pa ring mga botante who still do not know where exactly their precincts are and how they could be able to locate the precincts.

(I think it’s more of the precinct number. Many voters still do not know where exactly their precincts are and how they could be able to locate the precincts.)

Reporter: Sir, as far as I asked there, ibibigay ‘yon sa mga poll watchers tapos and then they write what time they voted and what precinct ‘yong babantayan nila. After that, they will exchange it for something. (Sir, as far as I asked there, they’re giving away those to poll watchers and then they write what time they vote and what precinct they’re looking after. After that, they will exchange it for something.)

No, I am not so sure if that is true.

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