Camp Olivas, City of San Fernando, Pampanga— Two days before the election day, a 52-year-old businessman running for barangay kagawad was arrested by authorities for alleged vote-buying activity in Bulacan on Saturday afternoon, October 28.
The suspect was apprehended in Barangay Bagong Barrio, Pandi, Bulacan and seized from his possession were cash amounting to Php 35, 840.00 in different denominations, DSWD General Intake Sheets, and Sample Ballots.
The suspect is temporarily under the custody of Pandi police station for proper disposition and filing of appropriate charges.
PRO3 Director PBGen Jose Hidalgo Jr. emphasized the commitment of the police to safeguard the integrity of the upcoming elections. He reminded the public that vote-buying is an election offense, punishable by one to six years of imprisonment.
This arrest underscores the dedication of law enforcement agencies to maintain the fairness and legality of the electoral process, ensuring that the public can exercise their voting rights without interference or manipulation.