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:
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:
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.