- The COMELEC said that buyers and sellers of votes could be sent to jail
- Other than that, they could also face fines and disqualification
- COMELEC encouraged voters not to take money and vote according to their conscience
Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Spokesperson James Jimenez warned all the voters and candidates of the punishment for selling and buying votes. KAMI learned that violators might face jail time, fine, and/or disqualification.
"It’s an election offense. You can be sent to jail, you can be fined and you can be disqualified from holding public office. Both ‘yan, both the buyer and the seller," Jimenez said, as reported by the CNN Philippines.
The spokesperson also encouraged the Filipinos to vote according to their conscience.
"COMELEC has always said do not take the money at all and in all instances, vote according to your conscience," he said.
In a report by the Inquirer (author Darryl John Esguerra), Jimenez said that buying votes served as an “investment” for candidates once they get elected as a government official.
“No one buys vote with the expectation that it’s a sunk cost – na investment ‘yon wala nang balik. Kaya nga investment ‘di ba?” he said.
As previously reported by KAMI, there are different ways of buying and selling votes. Some earned at least P1,000 each.
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