Massive Ecija vote-buying hit

STA. ROSA, Nueva Ecija -- Former Nueva Ecija Gov. Aurelio “Oyie” M. Umali yesterday expressed his dismay over the alleged massive vote-buying in the province which were allegedly left unchecked by the police and the Commission on Elections.

“It is a terrible display of callousness by these candidates, who were even seen in front of church doing pay-offs to multitudes openly, pati sa mga bahay nila parang naging buying-station, hindi ko maintindihan kung bakit hindi nakikita ng Comelec and I have been telling the police to do something about it and that triggers some problem,” said Umali, who is vying for governor with his younger brother Doc Anthony Umali as his running mate.

With all these vote-buying activities going on left and right, Umali said: “I don’t think the Comelec should be saying that this is a successful election.” He also described the “massive and open vote-buying” that took place several weeks before yesterday’s polls was a record of sorts.

He said this vote-buying of such magnitude was the first time ever to happen in the province.

Umali lamented the alleged inaction of both the Comelec and the PNP in stopping these pre-election illegal activities.

“Dapat ginawa nila ang trabaho nila. Are they really that blind to see exactly what is really going on. Ang kaya lang nilang gawin baklasin mga billboard, di nila nakikita yung mga multitudes coming from different sectors na boboto, nagbabayaran openly in restaurants, in resorts, in public gymnasiums.

Ang alam kong gapangan ay a day before pero ito nangyari ay weeks-weeks before,” he added.