#PHVoteWatch: Violence, vote-buying incidents on May 7

#PHVoteWatch: Violence, vote-buying incidents on May 7
Reports of vote buying and election-related incidents are reported in Cavite, Negros Oriental, Cebu, Misamis Oriental, and Tawi-Tawi

MANILA, Philippines – As national and local candidates held their final rallies on the last day of the campaign period on Saturday, May 7, cases of vote buying and election-related violence were also reported nationwide.

Here are some of the vote buying, vote selling, campaign offenses, and other election-related incidents on this day crowdsourced through the #PHVoteWatch Map


In Indang, Cavite, a netizen reported that vote buying came in the form of providing insurance. Indang is a small town in the 7th District of Cavite, the 3rd most vote-rich province in the country.

INSURANCE. Paraphernalia appearing to grant insurance being distributed in Indang, Cavite. Image courtesy Christopher Bautista

The insurance plan allegedly came from incumbent Board Member Fidel Vergel. Vergel is currently vying for a mayoral seat in Indang.

Negros Oriental

According to Hulagway ug Kasikas sa Dumaguete, two unidentified men allegedly threw a grenade at Zamboanguita Mayor Kit Marc Adanza.

Adanza is running for board member in the 3rd district of Negros Oriental(READ: Local elections in Negros Oriental)

Misamis Occidental

ILLEGAL. A source provides a picture of campaign paraphernalia allegedly used during vote-buying in Misaims Occidental. Image copyright Rappler

In the town center of Ozamis City in Misamis Occidental, an anonymous source verified that people were giving P20 bills with campaign paraphernalia of Emerito “Memeng” Roa Sr.

Roa is running for a seat in the provincial board in the 2nd district of Misamis Occidental.


Photo given to Rappler by an anonymous source in Tawi-Tawi.

In Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, an anonymous source reported that candidates for councilor were handing out campaign paraphernalia with P50 and P20 bills. 

The councilors in the flyers – Khaizal Jumdail, Karanain Arula, and Iddi Edwin – are all running under the Liberal Party (LP) banner.  Rappler.com

Be part of the #PHVoteWatch effort! Learn more about it here. To volunteer for the #PHVoteWatch effort, email move.ph@rappler.com.

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