A post showing a series of photos of Korina Sanchez and LP stalwarts caught violating the Omnibus Election Code is doing the rounds online.
In a Facebook post by Manny Pinol, the known Rody Duterte stalwart exposed the alleged violations of the Roxas camp in the act of bribing the local government officials to solicit votes for the administration candidate.
According to the post of Manny Pinol, the photo of Roxas-Sanchez and Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala endorsing the check of an undetermined amount to a lady was taken during an El Nino Summit held in Mexico, Pampanga.
In other instances, the Liberal Party was also caught on camera distributing farm equipments in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato.
I did some research on what violation constitutes the action of the Liberal Party stalwarts and the wife of a presidential candidate and this is what Sec. 104 of the Omnibus Election Code has to say on the matter:
Prohibited donations or gifts by candidates, treasurers of the parties of their agent and spouse and relatives within the second civil degree of consanguinity and affinity.
It can be recalled that before the start of the election campaign period, the electoral body issued a statement encouraging the netizens active in the social media to report election-related campaign violations.
Sadly, the “SHAME CAMPAIGN” only covers campaign paraphernalia that are posted in areas where they’re not supposed to be posted as reported in Rappler. To report such violations in Twitter, you may use the #IsumbongKo with the accompanying proof like photos or videos.
The SHAME campaign did not mention other election-related violations like bribery in the form of distributing farm materials to LGU’s or cash grants so perhaps the remedy of concerned citizens is to educate the voters of candidates who are law breakers undeserving of their votes come election day.
Meanwhile, the photo of Korina Sanchez surrendering the check amounting to 4 million pesos to a government official in Mexico, Pampanga appeared old by looking at the date of the photo of the check (December 24, 2015) months before the start of the election campaign period. Whether this is illegal or not is up to the Comelec to decide.
However, with the help og Google search, there was indeed an El Nino Summit held in Pampamga and it was reported in SunStar that the departmetn of Agriculture released 40 million pesos to various municipalities in Pampanga for climate change mitigation.
The release of funds for El Nino mitigation is not in question here I guess but the timing appears suspicious to some netizens.
Here are recent photos taken on February 23, 2016 in Kidapawan North Cotabato:
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