By Leslie Ann Aquino
The number of election related violence in the country is now 43.
Commission on Elections spokesman James Jimenez said this is still low compared to the 2016 polls.
“As of 3 p.m. May 12, our latest report for election related incident is about 43 nationwide with about 73 victims either killed or wounded,” he said in a press briefing Monday at the PICC in Pasay City.
“Again, this is still much lower than the more than 100 incidents during the corresponding period in the 2016 elections,” added Jimenez.
He said there have been 32 reports of vote buying nationwide and 174 arrests made by the Philippine National Police.
“I guess what you can tell from this is that there are a lot of vote buying at the very last minute,” said Jimenez.
“I guess it means…vote buying remains a political staple to our candidates,” he added.
Vote-buying is defined as any person, who gives, offers, or promises money or anything of value, directly or indirectly, in order to induce anyone or the public in general to vote for or against any candidate.
It is considered an election offense and carries the penalty of one to six years imprisonment, removal of right to vote, and disqualification to hold public office.
Liquor ban violations reached 34 with 175 arrests of 2 a.m. on Monday.