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4 persons arrested for vote-buying in Sorsogon City

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By BicolToday.com News Team

SORSOGON CITY, Sorsogon Province – Four (4) persons were already arrested by Sorsogon police for vote-buying in separate incidents, including the arrest of a supporter of Sorsogon City Mayor Sally Lee for alleged ‘vote buying’, and P80,000 cash confiscated.

A certain Randy Tomas of Pangpang, alleged supporter of Mayoral candidate Sally Lee was arrested by CIDG for alleged vote buying around 5:40 pm, Sunday, May 12, 2019. Confiscated are sample ballots of Lee and 80K cash. The other person arrested is a minor, whose identity is withheld from the public.

According to police/CIDG, the suspects were caught in the act of vote-buying of votes in Barangay Pangpang, this city on Sunday afternoon.

Seized from the two are campaign leaflets and P80,000 cash as pay-out to buy votes.

Each folded sample ballot has P1,000 bill where the names of favored candidates are listed.

According to Police Major Steve Dela Rosa, provincial chief of CIDG Sorsogon, their units have been alerted over the massive reports of vote-buying in Sorsogon City.

Randy Tomas. Contributed Photo

As of Saturday, four persons were already arrested by authorities.

Also arrested in another vote-buying incident, was Cesar Sicad Villafuerte, 54 years old, married, jobless and a resident of Brgy. Guinlajon, Sorsogon City.

The suspect was arrested for possessing an improvised master list of voters, campaign cards/leaflets and distribution of sample ballots each with attached money with a total amount of twenty six thousand one hundred (26,100.00) pesos.

According to police, suspect Villafuerte was arrested past 8 AM on Saturday, May 11, 2019 for alleged violation of the Omnibus Election Code’s Section 261 on vote-buying/selling at Brgy. Guinlajon Sorsogon City.

In another incident, police arrested Reynaldo Nalda Pombo, 52 years old, with live-in partner, construction worker and a resident of Km 12, Brgy. Abuyog, Sorsogon City.

Police said suspect Pombo was arrested 8 AM, Saturday, for carrying items used in the crime of Conspiracy to commit bribery to wit: nine (9) pieces of white mail envelopes each containing sample ballots/ names of candidates with attached/ stapled one thousand seven hundred (1,700.00) pesos with a total money amounting to fifteen thousand three hundred (15,300.00) pesos in different denominations.

Pombo was apprised of his constitutional rights and brought to Sorsogon CPS together with the confiscated items for booking, documentation and proper disposition.

However, Atty. Anthony E. Villasis, Sorsogon City Election Supervisor. ordered for the release of the subject person. [BicolToday.com]

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