what the hell are they thinking?!?!?!

The secretary of the Department of (IN)Justice (Raul Gonzales, who else?) will be giving out cash rewards worth P10,000 (kuno, but according to Rep Alan Peter Cayetano, such amount is still understated because the alleged real amount is worth millions) to local govt officials (in Iloilo) who could deliver 12-0 votes for Team Unity Senatorial Bets.  And guess what…HE CLAIMS that this is NOT vote buying! 

But doesn’t the Omnibus Election Code of the Philippines expressly state in Section 261 of Article XXII Election Offenses that, 

Section 261.  Prohibited Acts.  The following shall be guilty of an election offense:

(a) Vote-buying and vote-selling. –
(1) Any person who gives, offers or promises money or anything of value, gives or promises any office or employment, franchise or grant, public or private, or makes or offers to make an expenditure, directly or indirectly, or cause an expenditure to be made to any person, association, corporation, entity, or community in order to induce anyone or the public in general to vote for or against any candidate or withhold his vote in the election, or to vote for or against any aspirant for the nomination or choice of a candidate in a convention or similar selection process of a political party. 

Is not the law clear and explicit that his act was tantamount to vote buying?  (rhetorical question)

Of course, Secretary Gonzales and Comelec Commissioner Benjamin Abalos seem to think otherwise.  In an interview in ANC, Commissioner Abalos was quick to say that “we should not be quick to judge the act of Secretary Gonzales as vote buying…”   What?!?!?!

Okay, sige…kung sakaling makakalusot si Secretary Gonzales dito & his contributions won’t be considered as vote buying, he’ll still be liable for partisan political activity, likewise a prohibited act under paragraph (i) of Section 261:

(i) Intervention of public officers and employees. – Any officer or employee in the civil service, except those holding political offices; any officer, employee, or member or the Armed Forces of the Philippines, or any police force, special forces, home defense forces, barangay self-defense units and all other para-military units that now exist or which may hereafter be organized who, directly or indirectly, intervenes in any election campaign or engages in any partisan political activity, except to vote or to preserve public order, if he is a peace officer. 

As Secretary of the Department of Justice, Raul Gonzales is a civil service employee/officer, who does not hold a political office.  (Supposedly naman, his post is not political, right?   And he is a civil servant, di ba?)  Kaya pwede rin mag-apply ‘to sa kanya.  

Ah ewan ko sa kanila.  I really can’t understand what lurks in their minds.

One thought on “what the hell are they thinking?!?!?!

  1. malourdes says:

    kakaloka, noh?

    And, as if P10K is worth anything these days to corrupt local government officials.

    My goodness Lobit, you are so ready to take the Bar (at least for election law) đŸ˜€


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