‘Voters lined up for money in bets’ houses’ PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 May 2016 13:40



LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…`What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?’…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in Matthew 16:26, the Holy Bible).

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MASSIVE VOTE BUYING IN RP MARS 2016 POLLS: The owner of JGV Publications which publishes tabloids like “X Files” and “Police Files Tonite”, Joey G. Venancio, my boss actually, is crying foul over what he said was “massive vote buying” in Sta. Fe, Romblon, where he stood as a candidate for mayor challenging the incumbent who has ruled the town for about 21 years.

Well, to his consolation, he is not alone. Many other candidates, especially for the positions of mayor and governor, are complaining of the same phenomenon. It is clear that the May 09, 2016 elections could be considered the dirtiest and most expensive elections ever in the history of this country, with rich candidates openly handing out money to every voter willing to accept cash in exchange for their votes.

And if one thinks this happened only in far-flung places like Venancio’s Sta. Fe, that would be a great mistake. It happened likewise in many places in Manila, the once-premier city of the Philippines. A resident of Bacood, Sta. Mesa, Manila told me that vote buying was rampant in their place, done even in full view of many people on busy streets.

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VOTERS LINED UP FOR CASH IN CANDIDATES’ HOUSES: In Daet, Camarines Norte, people lined up without inhibition, unmindful of cameras taking footages of what they were doing, infront of the house of a candidate for a top position in the town.

My sister, lawyer Marisa Mauricio Panotes, told her husband, Concon, the Liberal Party candidate for mayor in Daet, the elections in the town would be decided by the highest bidder!

And, true enough, the candidate who patiently distributed cash to those who lined up for his money won, even if by a very narrow margin. Reports from many other places, including Tarlac, the presidential home province, indicated the same massive selling, not just of votes now, but even of souls and spirit, of integrity and uprightness.

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FILIPINOS MUST CHANGE THEIR HEARTS FIRST! Now, with Filipinos like these, willing to bargain and deal with candidates for their votes as if they were bargaining and dealing with cheap basic commodities, can we expect “true change” to come, even if Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte starts his term as our new president?

Surely not! No matter how Duterte may insist on discipline, on tough campaigns against corruption, criminality, illegal drugs, and illegal number games, nothing is going to change among our people, and in our country as a whole. We will all remain the so-called “sick man” not only of Asia but of the world as well.

Change, to become truly beneficial and significant, must come from the people first, and it must come about not through imposed regulations or disciplinary measures from government, but from the people’s heart which will be submitting themselves to the power of God, listening to His Word and obeying His commands.

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