Comelec Spox James Jimenez Slams Candidate Over Vote-Buying

James Jimenez, a Comelec spokesperson, has a message to a candidate over vote-buying

JAMES JIMENEZ – The spokesperson of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) slammed an unnamed candidate over vote-buying.

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Vote-buying occurs when a political party or candidate seeks to buy the vote of a voter in an upcoming election.

It can take various forms such as a monetary exchange, as well as an exchange for necessary goods or services.

Earlier, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter wherein he posted a blind item for a politician who allegedly committed vote-buying.

He wrote: “Alam naman natin na hindi pa kayo saklaw ng election laws sa ngayon… Pero kung malakas ka, bakit kailangan mo bumili ng boto,” accompanied by #fightvotebuying.

His post was then flooded with mixed reactions and comments from the netizens.

Many netizens claimed that the Comelec official was chiding at presidential aspirant, Senator Manny Pacquiao.

This was after the “adopted son of Batangas” went to the province to fulfill his promise to
Batangueños where he handed relief goods and cash.

Apparently, the minimum health standards were not observed in the said “super spreader event.” But Pacquiao said that he has been doing this since 2002.

Meanwhile, some netizens defended Pacquiao saying his act of giving financial assistance was his practice even before he ventured into politics.

Pacquiao, a boxer-turned-politician vies for the highest position in the government next elections.

He will go against presidential aspirants such as; Vice President Leni Robredo, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno and senators Ping Lacson as well as Bato dela Rosa.

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