Construction worker, miner arrested in Negros Occidental for vote buying

Police recorded 106 gun ban violators in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City from January 9 to May this year, which is more than half of the 200 violations in Western Visayas.

WESTERN NEGROS, Philippines — Officials in the village of Tibsoc in the city of San Enrique intercepted a construction worker and a miner on their way to deliver an envelope to a resident of the same barangay on Sunday evening May 8.

The report from the city police office said barangay officials reported the pair who were on a motorbike.

When they checked, they found a plastic bag with an envelope marked with Party List No. 99 Uswag Ilonggo. Inside were a sample shady ballot, 2,000 pesos in cash, leaflets from Uswag Ilonngo’s party list and a Samsung phone, police said.

Authorities immediately arrested Dindo Tolosa, 56, from the city’s Brgy Poblacion, and a minor, whose name has not been released by police.

The suspect is now in the custody of San Enrique Police while the minor has been handed over to the Women and Children Protection Office.

Brgy. Kagawad (Council Member) Juno Benitez said he was with tanods (roving community volunteer guards) patrolling the community when they saw the suspects riding a tricycle.

Tolosa, he added, declined to name the person waiting to receive the package.

money hunt

In Hinigaran town, Mayor Nadie Arceo declared a curfew from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. on May 4 after gunmen ransacked the homes of two kagawads in Barangay 1, Hinigaran town.

The suspects said they were looking for “election money” they heard about with barangay officials.

Having obtained nothing from the victims, identified as Marciano Dizon and Jose Froilan Yap, they took the cell phones of the kagawads and fled.

A total of 87 violators of the gun ban were arrested in Negros Occidental and 19 others in the province’s independent capital, Bacolod City, from January 9 to May this year, according to records from the office of Negros Occidental police.

The province, including its capital, accounts for more than half of the 200 gun ban violations recorded in Western Visayas

Bacolod Elections Officer Revo Sorbito, meanwhile, asked Bacolod residents with vote-buying complaints to submit evidence so the local Election Commission office can take action.

Sorbito responded as netizens claimed on Sunday that contestants in the city’s hotly contested race were offering 1,500 to 2,000 pesos. A few reported that in some barangays offers had reached 5,000 pesos. – Rappler.com

Alice F. Ponder