“These are forbidden acts” – Manila Bulletin

As the 45-day campaign period for local candidates kicks off, Malacañang reminded the public not to buy and sell votes for the upcoming elections in May 2022.

(PNA / MANILA BULLETIN)

During a virtual briefing at the Palace on Friday March 25, Undersecretary for Communications Kris Ablan said buying and selling votes was “prohibited acts”.

“The Palace reminds the Filipino people that the buying and selling of votes are prohibited acts under the Omnibus Election Code. Bawal pong tumanggap at bawal din po bumili ng boto (it is illegal to sell and buy votes),” Ablan said.

“Anyone found guilty of these acts prohibited under the omnibus electoral code will face prison terms and fines,” he added.

Under section 261 of the omnibus electoral code, vote buying and selling is “any person who gives, offers or promises money or anything of value, gives or promises any office or employment , franchise or subsidy, public or private, or makes or offers to make any expenditure, directly or indirectly, or cause any expenditure to be made to any person, association, corporation, entity or community to induce any person or the public , generally, to vote for or against any candidate or to abstain from voting in the election, or to vote for or against any candidate for the nomination or selection of a candidate at a convention or similar selection process of a political party”.

Are also liable to be accused “any person, association, company, group or community which solicits or receives, directly or indirectly, any expense or promise of an office or employment, public or private, for one of the above considerations”.

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