Poll bets warned against vote buy­ing, sell­ing

Sun Star Bacolod - - Top Stories - BY TERESA D. ELLERA

PO­LICE Re­gional Of­fice-6 (PRO-6) di­rec­tor, Po­lice Bri­gadier Gen. John Bu­lala­cao warned politi­cians in the re­gion against vote-buy­ing and other il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties on Mon­day’s elec­tions.

Bu­lala­cao made the warn­ing af­ter he re­ceived in­for­ma­tion of ram­pant vote buy­ing and vote sell­ing few days be­fore Mon­day’s midterm polls.

Bu­lala­cao said he has given or­ders to all po­lice of­fi­cers in the re­gion to ar­rest vi­o­la­tors of elec­tion laws, and if nec­es­sary, the use of force is per­mit­ted if they are armed and they re­sist ar­rest.

The re­gional po­lice di­rec­tor fur­ther stated po­lit­i­cal can­di­dates should ex­em­plify the traits of a true leader, and they should there­fore abide by the law, avoid im­moral and un­eth­i­cal acts and re­spect the po­lit­i­cal will of the people.

“They should never re­sort to vote-buy­ing, co­er­cion or use of threat to win the elec­tion,” Bu­lala­cao said.

Bu­lala­cao also asked can­di­dates to adopt fair play and to re­spect the sanc­tity of the bal­lots.

“I am en­join­ing our com­mu­nity mem­bers to be vig­i­lant and proac­tive by re­port­ing to us cases of vote-buy­ing and other il­le­gal acts dur­ing the elec­tion pe­riod so that ap­pro­pri­ate po­lice ac­tion maybe done against them,” Bu­lala­cao added.*

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