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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
THE barangay elections Monday was anything but non-partisan. It looked like any other election, be it presidential or mid-term elections. Candidates in the barangays were aligned with certain political groups.
Smiling faces of candidates in tarpaulins were plastered all over the barangays. And money in various amounts, from as low as P20 to as high as P1,000, certainly changed hands.
Perhaps it’s time to stop pretending the barangay election is non-partisan.
But not all candidates who resorted to vote-buying, in money or in booze, won in the barangay elections last Monday.
One candidate for barangay captain in Cebu City who handed P200 bills to voters like handbills only got less than half the vote of the winner who didn’t buy votes.
As the village wag said, “Gikopras lang ang ilang kwarta (The voters accepted the candidate’s money but voted for what is in their conscience).”
Vote-buying has become prevalent in all elections in the country. Election laws tell us the selling and buying of votes are criminal offenses.
But no one is prosecuting the offenders. If the Commission on Elections does its job, this country might be in need of bigger jails.
But there’s still a silver lining in the dark cloud, so to speak. This time, no defeated candidate can say he was cheated. He was only out-bought.
But we must not all lose hope. Perhaps all these vote-buying will change if we can have honest voters.
These are the voters who accept the money offered by candidates but still vote according to what their conscience dictates.
But candidates who resort to vote-buying have a different notion of what is an honest voter. According to them, an honest voter is one who, after having been bought, remains bought.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 30, 2013.