ELECTIONS 2022: Two Cavite candidates face vote buying raps

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·2 min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
Cavite's candidate for first district representative Ramon
Cavite's candidate for first district representative Ramon "Jolo" Revilla III. (Source: Jolo Revilla/Facebook)

Cavite candidates Ramon "Jolo" Revilla III and Jose Voltaire Ricafrente Jr. are facing vote-buying charges, according to Emil Marañon III, counsel of the petitioners who filed the complaint. Revilla is gunning to be first district representative while Ricafrente is running for a second consecutive term as mayor in Rosario town.

Should the complainants succeed in their case, Revilla and Ricafrente are disqualified from taking office.

The petitioners alleged on Friday that Revilla and Ricafrente took advantage of the financial aid distributed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through campaign and government workers.

"We established that during the campaign period, Mayor Ricafrente and Jolo Revilla, through their 'barkers', barangay leaders and campaign staff closely identified with them and acting on their behalf, have been systematically and methodically going house to house in Rosario, Cavite giving and/or promising 'financial assistance' from the Crisis Intervention Unit (CIU) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office IV-A which they would claim to be 'as good as cash' if they accomplish and sign the DSWD registration form that came with a slip of paper with their names and campaign logo," Marañon said.

Read: Ayuda could be a new narrative for vote-buying

The financial assistance was said to only be disbursed if the family votes for the candidates subject to the approval of Revilla and Ricafrente.

The slip of paper was said to solicit the household point person’s precinct number, contact details, and G-Cash number where the money will supposedly be sent.

Marañon described the act as “not only doubly criminal, but doubly immoral”, due to the involvement of taxpayer money.

He added, “This also violates the prohibition against release, disbursement or expenditure of public funds in Section 261 (v) of the Omnibus Election Code during the 45 day period before a regular election which covers even the Department of Social Welfare and Development.”

Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.

Watch more videos on Yahoo:

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting