DILG eyes charges vs. officials involved in vote-buying

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will file charges against officials involved in vote-buying, one of the agency's officials said late on Monday.
DILG Undersecretary Martin Diño said they have recorded more than 100 cases of vote-buying on Election Day alone, with some of the incidents captured on video.
Diño said the department expects the number to rise as reports from far-flung parts of the country come in. In the reports they got, he said some mayors are allegedly involved in vote-buying incidents.
"Na-preempt namin ang pakikialam ng mga mayor, congressman at governors sa barangay elections dahil talagang inire-report ng ating kabarangay once malaman nilang may irregularity," he said.
"Pag na-document ito meron namang probisyon sa ating Omnibus Election Code, meron ditong perpetual disqualification at saka meron ditong sanction na kulong," he added. Thousands of Filipinos flocked to the poll precincts to vote for their barangay leaders. Monday's voting started at 7:00 a.m. and ended at 3:00 p.m.
Aside from vote-buying, there have been reports of distribution of sample ballots and flyers bearing the name of some candidates in several areas during the barangay polls.



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