MARILAO, Bulacan – Vote buying has become known worldwide as the Filipino’s major election offense in her/his country, and the one in Marilao was widely reported by tri-media.

Other instances reported were in two Metro Manila cities, where cups of lugaw were served with money ranging from P500 to P1,000 being inserted in the soup, and P1,000 bills being enclosed in envelops of campaign materials and sample ballots in favor of candidates.

Supt. Amado Mendoza, Marilao’s chief of police, announced the arrests on May 7 of Melinda Ventura and village watchman Jesus Dela Cruz for vote buying, on behalf of a candidate. Police seized from them P20,000 in cash.

Bulacan PNP announced:

“Two (2) suspects were arrested in Sitio Tibagan, Brgy. Prenza 1, Marilao, Bulacan on May 7, 2016 at about 11:30 A.M. The members of Bulacan Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC) were patrolling at Brgy Prenza, Marilao, Bulacan when a concerned citizen approached and informed them that there was an ongoing vote buying in Sitio Tibagan. Upon arrival at the area they saw the two (2) suspects (1)Jesus Dela Cruz Y Alarcon and (2) Emerlinda Ventura Y Mañebo in the act of buying votes within the premises of Ms. Rosenda San Diego’s residence. Recovered from their possession were Barangay Prenza 1 voters list, sample ballot of incumbent Mayor Juanito Santiago and his political party and cash money amounting to Php 20,000.00.”

The arrested suspects were under the Marilao police custody, while appropriate criminal complaint was being prepared for filing against them before the Provincial Prosecutors Office in the City of Malolos, Bulacan.

There was a separate operation in Guiguinto town. DCA


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