More than P1.1 million to be used for vote-buying seized in Mindanao

Published May 13, 2019, 11:51 AM

by Francine Ciasico

By Aaron Recuenco

Soldiers recovered more than P1.1 million cash which was reportedly going to be used to buy votes in Zamboanga del Sur.

Lt. Col. Rufino de Leon, commander of the 97th Infantry Battalion, said the assorted peso bills, amounting to P1, 056,700, were recovered in Barangay Dapiwak in Dumingag town.

“Our troops found the money believed to be left by the goons of unidentified politician at the back of an abandoned house in the said barangay,” said de Leon.

He said his men were immediately deployed in the area on Saturday after receiving reports of the presence of armed men.

The armed men were reportedly engaged in vote-buying, and were also allegedly harassing some residents.

On Sunday, Army troopers also recovered some P124,000 cash from five people they arrested for vote-buying in Barangay Bualan, Tubid, Lanao del Norte.

Brig. Gen. Roberto Ancan, commander of the military forces in Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanai provinces, said his men also seized sample ballots and other campaign materials.

“Those arrested were already turned over to the local police,” said Ancan.

As of 10 a.m. Monday, a total of 234 people have already been arrested for vote-buying across the country.