By LITO RULONA
This was how the head of the Parish Pastoral for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) here described the extent of the vote buying problem that marred Monday’s elections in the city.
The problem, according to PPCRV’s Roberto Villaluz, is that nearly all the political groups that fought for positions have been accused of vote buying.
Villaluz said, “There were reports that the vote buying started early. Sabado pa, delivery na. Pipila na lamang ang kandidato nga wala gyud namalit.”
Villaluz also said those who delivered cash to people’s houses were even creative.
“Naay paagi nga mura na og ATM kay ipa-lusot na sa bintana,” he said.
He said the problem has worsened, and “pangitaan ta unta nga mawala na kini.”
Villaluz said PPCRV has also taken note of allegations posted on Facebook about how political workers in the barangays pocketed funds set aside for vote buying.
“Vote buying is leveling up,” said Villaluz, adding that the problem has worsened to a point that the police had to step in just to catch those engaged in vote buying.
City police director Col. Nelson Aganon however said no one was arrested in the city for vote buying.
“If there was vote-buying, the information received by the local police was delayed kaya walang nahuli,” Aganon said.