Filipino voters go shopping after a cash windfall

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Wait in the queue

In Zamboanga del Sur, voters were offered 3,000 to 5,000 pesos to elect an entire local list from governor to municipal or city council.

The distribution began on Saturday, two days before Election Day.

Many had to queue for about five hours to get their “ulan-ulan” from one camp, and the next day they queued at another political camp.

But police in the provincial capital, Pagadian City, foiled a vote-buying operation on election day itself and confiscated 50,000 pesos in cash in a raid on the provincial government’s Pavilion Building in Barangay Dao.

According to their report, the 50 1,000-peso bills seized by police contained sample ballots from Governor Victor Yu and his local list. No one was arrested in the raid, however, as those inside the building fled when police arrived.

On the eve of election day, in the town of Dumingag, also in Zamboanga del Sur, police raided a health center in Barangay Dulop, arrested two women and confiscated bundles of envelopes containing 1.93 million pesos in cash.

Dumingag Police Chief Major Mark Gerome Nebria said each envelope had 2,500 pesos in cash. A voter list with their constituency numbers was also confiscated from the suspects.

Filipino Daily Inquirer

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