Authorities on Tuesday revealed that almost 300 individuals allegedly involved in 332 vote buying incidents were arrested during the course of the May 2019 mid-term elections.
Initial reports said that police have recovered election paraphernalia and P150,000 in cash from two people in Siniloan, Laguna, while operations in Moises Padilla and EB Magalona in Negros Occidental resulted in the arrest of 30 suspects — including minors — allegedly buying votes.
Seized from the suspects were 127 pieces of sample ballots, each with P1,000 in cash while in the the town of Moises Padilla, police arrested 12 suspects who were allegedly selling votes.
Meanwhile, some residents of Palawan were reportedly caught selling votes near a house in Virac, Catanduanes, while the Laguna police also nabbed a suspect allegedly vote-buying in Biñan, as well as two others in Sta. Cruz.