Top cop reveals vote-buying in Abra

SEVERAL candidates in Abra province may face possible charges for vote-buying after they were reported seen doing the election violation, a police official said.

Cordillera police regional director Benjamin Magalong filed a report with the regional office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) this week after a trip to Abra.

Comelec regional director Jose Nick Mendros received the complaint on April 9.

Magalong said the vote-buying, in the guise of voters' education, in Abra is very alarming because politicians are doing it in public without hesitation. He said he was able to talk to a person who sold his vote to a certain politician.

The police head said some politicians are buying every vote for as low as P1,500 and as high as P3,000.

A total of 10 towns are allegedly openly practicing the illegal activity including Bangued, Diligan, and Luna, among others. Magalong said police were able to record vote-buying in the house of a politician.

"We are just enforcing the laws without fear and favor," Magalong said. He, however, refused to name the politicians in order not to preempt the investigation which will be conducted by the Comelec.

Mendros said his office will determine the probable cause of the complaint and will look for evidences before filing a case under the regional trial court.
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