VP Binay Spotted Giving Away P500 Cash to Attendees of Campaign Event?
Vice President Jejomar Binay was caught in the act, giving away small envelopes with P500 bill inside. VP Binay is running for president in the 2016 election under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), with Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan as his running mate. The campaign period for the national positions started this Tuesday, February 9, 2016.
As reported at The Maharlikan, a certain Ariel Macaraeg posted the photo on his Facebook page, showing VP Binay giving away the small brown envelopes that allegedly contain P500 during his campaign tour. As you can see, the opposition presidentiable is about to shake hands with an unidentified man, who is an attendee of the event, and is holding one of the small envelopes.
Another unidentified man can be seen between VP Binay and the receiver. We can assume that he is one of Binay’s men, as he was holding some envelopes and shaking the receiver’s hand. The location and the date of when it happened were not mentioned, but the money being given is noted to be a financial support to people who attended the said event.
We at TN tried to search the Facebook page of Ariel Macaraeg with the said photo, but we cannot find it. But if we assume that this happened during election campaign, political analysts are suggesting that VP Binay could be practicing vote-buying. And although this is very much illegal in the Philippines, this act is very rampant every election season.
We can also assume that VP Binay did not directly told the receivers to vote for him in exchange of the P500 cash. But yes, the Omnibus Election Code defines vote-buying as “giving, offering or promising money or anything of value directly or indirectly, in order to induce anyone or the public in general to vote for or against any candidate.”
Incidentally, VP Binay warned voters about selling of votes last August. He said that there’s nothing wrong with accepting money from politicians because it’s the taxpayers’ money. However, he strongly suggested that voters should still vote for the candidates whom they think is the best for the position, noting that it would be a shame for the politician giving the money. As of posting, VP Binay has not yet commented about this latest controversy.