Vote Buying vs Mar Roxas and Grace Poe, Petition Filed for Comelec Probe
Presidentiables Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Mar Roxas and Partido Galing at Puso (PGP) presidential bet Senator Grace Poe.may be disqualified from the 2016 presidential election, if proven guilty of vote-buying. This is after a senatorial candidate asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to investigate both Roxas and Poe.
Greco Belgica, an independent candidate but is a known supporter of presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, filed a petition this Tuesday, May 3 before the Comelec. Attached in his petition is a video showing an LP campaign rally in North Cotabato last April where the emcee is giving ‘cash’ envelopes to the audience.
For the vote-buying case vs Senator Poe, Belgica mentioned the protest rally in Baguio City where people complained that they did not received the P500 as promised by the camp of Poe if they attend the campaign rally. The senatorial candidate said he will file a separate petition against Poe, who later denied any involvement in the issue.
Belgica, being the chairman of Reform Coalition Philippines (RCP), a political watch dog urging the Comelec to restore the security features of vote counting machines for this coming May 9 elections, noted that he filed the petition through his own initiative as a taxpayer and a registered voter of the Philippines, and that nobody influenced him.
“This has to stop that’s why I’m bringing this to Comelec. I only have one thing to say to our fellow countrymen- those who buy votes will steal from the government ” Belgica told reporters, noting that he is sick and tired of corruption in the government. The former Manila councilor also urged the voting public to avoid candidates involved in vote-buying.
On the other hand, Senator Grace Poe stressed out that she is not the respondent in the petition. The adopted daughter of the late presidential candidate, Fernando Poe, Jr (FPJ) noted that she has no funds to practice vote-buying. Roxas, who earlier said he will investigate on the envelope-giving incident, has not yet commented regarding the petition.