City Mayoral Bets Need P70M To Win – Bishop

  • US billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines

    US billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines

    AFP News
    US billionaire says WWII Japanese ship found in Philippines

    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen said Wednesday he had found one of Japan's biggest and most famous battleships on a Philippine seabed, some 70 years after American forces sank it during World War II. Excited historians likened the discovery, if verified, to finding the Titanic, as they hailed the American billionaire for his high-tech mission that apparently succeeded after so many failed search attempts by others. Allen posted photos and video online of parts of what he said was the …

  • Philippines' Aquino promises police commandos extra resources after …

    Philippines' Aquino promises police commandos extra resources after …

    Reuters
    Philippines' Aquino promises police commandos extra resources after …

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino promised police commandos better extra resources on Wednesday, weeks after 44 commandos were killed in a clash with Muslim rebels, but declined to answer questions about the botched raid, a senior officer said. On Jan. 25, police commandos sneaked into a southern rebel area to "neutralise" Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, an al Qaeda-linked bomb maker with a $5 million U.S. bounty on his head. The mission went disastrously wrong for the government when …

  • Image of Asia: Fire burns more than 1,000 homes in Manila

    Image of Asia: Fire burns more than 1,000 homes in Manila

    Associated Press
    Image of Asia: Fire burns more than 1,000 homes in Manila

    In this photo by Bullit Marquez, a boy sits on pavement while his family retrieves items from their burned home Tuesday following an overnight fire that destroyed a slum-dwellers community in Manila, Philippines. No casualties were reported in the 9-hour fire that burned more than a thousand homes and left at least 3,000 families homeless. The Bureau of Fire and Protection was still investigating the cause of the fire. But in Manila's poorest neighborhoods, fires often are caused by poor wiring …

  • Pentagon to increase focus on cyber security of arms programs

    Reuters

    Cyber attacks on U.S. weapons programs and manufacturers are a "pervasive" problem that requires greater attention, the top U.S. arms buyer said Thursday, saying that he would add cybersecurity to new acquisition guidelines for the industry. "It’s about the security of our weapons systems themselves and everything that touches them. It’s a pervasive problem and I think we have to pay a lot more attention to it," Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall told Reuters after a speech to the American …

  • Europe vies for lost mobile glory against Asia, US

    Europe vies for lost mobile glory against Asia, US

    AFP News
    Europe vies for lost mobile glory against Asia, US

    Once a mobile telecom leader, Europe has lost out in recent years to giant companies in Asia and the United States. The battle of the smartphones is now fought between South Korea's Samsung, US firm Apple with its iPhone, and Chinese upstarts such as Huawei. Europe hosted the Mobile World Congress trade fair in Barcelona this week -- but it was dominated by several of these giants, minus Apple. …

MANILA, Philippines --- How much does a candidate for governor need to pay in order to be assured of a win in the May 2013 polls?

According to an official of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines National Secretariat for Social Action (CBCP-NASSA), it's P20 million.

For city mayor, it's P70 million.

Related story: Pinoys elect Hollywood stars, rock bands in mock polls

At least this is the information that CBCP chairman Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo heard from different sources.

"They said there are operators going around the provinces asking for P20 million in order for one to win as governor," he said in an interview.

The prelate, however, is clueless on the amount being offered to those running for national positions such as senator and congressman.

"I don't know about the senators, but I assume it's much bigger," said Pabillo.

Also read: Poll body admits not enough manpower to monitor campaigns

The CBCP official said in other areas the amount even depends on the highest bidder.

"Whoever made the highest bid will probably win," Pabillo said.

Asked if he already raised the issue to the Commission on Elections (Comelec), he answered negatively.

"I raised it to my fellow bishops. I told them that I heard of such things," said Pabillo.

"The problem is you cannot verify it. Even if you say something it might just be denied since you don't have proof. It's not as if you have signed something it's just word of mouth, which can easily be denied," he added.

Pabillo said such kind of information is the reason they urged the poll body to address the deficiencies in the automated election system to avert the possibility of wholesale cheating in the May, 2013 polls.

Related story: What's in a name? Everything for politicians


If before, he said, candidates resort to vote-buying now they only need to pay whoever knows the technology in order to win.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez, meantime, said that they are open to investigating such claims on cheating.

"We are open in investigating these things but give us a little more (information)," he said.

"We are very thankful with information like this, but we are doubly thankful if the information like this is actionable. Actionable meaning we at least have an idea as to who to talk to etc. - if we are given such information even in confidence you can be sure that we will go after them," added Jimenez. (Leslie Ann G. Aquino)

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

POLL
Loading...
Poll Choice Options