vote buying. Are you doing that?
October 22, 2010 9:31pm CST
Local election is coming up soon. Some candidates give money to the residents to vote for them. Some offers big amount others give small money. I have never tried that. I vote for i think what is right for me. But i almost people prefer to receive the money than thinking of who is the right person to rule. Sad truth. Money is so tight that is why some candidates are taking advantage for the not so well residents. Do you allow vote buying? Have you ever received money from them?
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23 Oct 10
Bribing is very common during elections in our country. Of course it is not a healthy practice and should be stopped to let voters exercise their democratic rights without being influenced, induced and intimidated in choosing the right candidate to represent them in parliament.
25 Oct 10
I don't think anybody will admit to buying or selling votes. I was not able to vote today due to laziness - I said I will vote in the afternoon then promptly overslept. Nevertheless, my mother told me the other day over dinner that there were talks of massive vote-buying in the baranggay. This is of course unverified because candidates are known to buy the votes of people living in the squatters' area because P300 will buy a lot for them. Since I do not live there, I have never been approached so I do not know how I will react to an offer. Nonetheless, I remember last election when I overheard people talking openly about collecting payment for their votes. They went to the candidates' house in droves and they were allegedly paid.
24 Oct 10
hello tess! vote buying is a sad reality here in the Philippines. it is so ingrained in our society that even people who have high morals are joining the cause, because it's what is "in". Candidates who are deserving to be voted in are scratch out from the lists if they have no capacity to finance their election campaigns. even those who are highly qualified for the job, are well-loved by the people, still give out money to really ensure their winning, since the opponents are also giving out. sometimes or most of the times, money does talk during election. i abhor vote-buying for it just shows the kind of mentality our candidates have of their voters. if we sold our votes, we are also selling our right, our freedom to choose, to vote wisely. although, there are people who accepts the money but still vote for the candidate of their choice. they say that they did not ask for the money, but since it is given, they accept it since it would still be pocketed by other people if they would not, and their names would still be the one reflected on the list of those who should have received. better accept but still vote wisely. last May elections, i never accepted any money from any candidates. anyway, nobody had given me, thinking perhaps that i was so open about my stand on vote-buying, that i will never accept such bribery. well, they were correct on that. i will never sell my vote for anything.
23 Oct 10
I really hate, despise vote buying; but the people are also at fault- for receiving the money. Even I am at fault for not telling the authorities about it- but what can they do, even they are slaves to the rich... Yep, it's the sad truth. I just hope that one day the politicians would fight fairly and justly- that the deserving people will win and not because of money.
23 Oct 10
Hello tess, I have never got myself involved in vote buying. besides, even if the person paid me i would still vote for the person that i think it's right and not because what he paid me to dothat's the other risk of vote buying. what if the person you paid for to vote, doesn't vote you at all. it's big mistake for them to take me for granted you know. i have my freedom of speech and thinking. they can't just tell me whom to vote.