Massive Vote-Buying in Visayas and Mindanao: Voters Getting Paid Not to Vote for Duterte
There is an on-going, massive vote-buying in Visayas and Mindanao. But instead of giving money to people to vote for a particular presidential candidate, voters are getting paid not to vote for Davao City Mayor Rodrigo ‘Rody’ Duterte. This is according to a Facebook post by Peter Tiu Lavina, Mayor Duterte’s spokesperson. Below is the full context of his post.
“The plan is to reduce Duterte’s vote so it can be easy to cheat, vulnerable to manipulation of transmission and canvassing. We also expect names of voters missing on Monday’s polling to disenfranchise our voters.” Lavina wrote on Facebook this Saturday, May 7, adding that he received the information from the field in those regions.
Lavina did not mention figures and other details on the alleged vote-buying incidents. Nevertheless, he suggests accepting the money but vote according to conscience. To avoid being harrased on Monday, May 9, election day, the Duterte spokesperson said it is better if voters go to polling precints in families, groups, or neighborhood brigades.
Based on the latest BusinessWorld-Social Weather Stations (SWS) pre-election survey, Duterte had 33% of the 4,500 respondents. Sen. Grace Poe had 22%, followed by former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, who had 20 percent. Vice President Jejomar Binay landed fourth with 13%, while Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago only had 2 percent.
In similar situation, Duterte has maintained his lead in the latest ABS-CBN survey by Pulse Asia Research. For two weeks in a row, the tough-talking mayor has 33% of 4,000 respondents. On the other hand, Roxas and Poe had 22% and 21%, respectively. Nevertheless, they are considered statistical tied in the second place.
Yesterday, Saturday, May 8, VP Binay, Sen.Grace Poe, Mar Roxas, and Mayor Duterte had their respective Miting de Avance grand rallies, with a sea of people supporting Duterte. On the other hand, Sen. Santiago only had a street party. This comes a day after Roxas asked Poe for ‘unity’, but the neophyte senator declined his offer.