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Robredo: Enforce law against vote-buying

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Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday clarified that she was not encouraging the public to sell votes, saying she merely pointed out the realities on the ground when she told the public to accept money from politicians but vote according to conscience.

In a media briefing, Robredo who is running for president as an independent candidate said: “What I have said earlier was, vote-buying is wrong. However, it has been very rampant over the years here.”

“We are aware of the law. We are not happy that this is not being enforced. Our eyes should be open to the realities on the ground,” she added.

Robredo said the lack of strong implementation of the law against vote-buying should be taken seriously by law enforcers.

“We do not condone vote-buying. In fact, we are one of those who have been fighting against vote-buying. But we’re asking the authorities to enforce this effectively,” she said.

She recalled her experiences as a pro-bono lawyer wherein she filed cases against vote-buying. Those cases have been dismissed, however.

“What’s frustrating here is the lack of effectiveness of the implementation of the regulations against vote-buying,” she noted.

“Vote buying is wrong, but I tell people, accept the money. I always say accept it since (the money) also came from us. What’s being used to buy votes is also the money of the people,” she said.

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