5 vote-buyers held in Pangasinan, Cebu

FIVE people engaged in vote-buying in Pangasinan and Cebu were arrested by the local police  Sunday afternoon.

Police Regional Office 1 director Police Brigadier General Joel S. Orduña identified the four arrested in Pangasinan as Clarisse Sanchez, 34; Marilyn dela Cruz, 25; Rico Almazan, 25;  and Denver Bejar, 29, all residents of Bugallon, Pangasinan.

Orduña said the four were nabbed by members of the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office under Colonel Wilson F. Lopez while allegedly engaged in vote-buying and vote-selling in Barangay Buer, Aguilar town.

Siezed from them were sample ballots, election paraphernalia and P443,300 in different denominations.

Meanwhile, Cebu City policemen arrested yesterday morning a 66-year-old woman  accused of buying votes for reelectionist Mayor Tommy Osmena.

A report to Police Regional Office 7 director Brigadier General Debold M. Siñas said  members of the Cebu City Police Station 1 led by Captain Armando Labora went to Sitio San Miguel in Barangay Lorega San Miguel around  9:10 a.m. to check an information from a concerned citizen regarding an alleged vote-buying taking place in the area.

Cebu City police director Colonel Royina Garma said  several persons fled on foot after seeing the approaching officers who eventually arrested Andrea Fernandez.

The elderly woman yielded 13 pieces of P100 bills, one cellphone, a list of voters and sample ballots of the VOPK party led by Osmeña.

Appropriate charges are being readied against the suspects.