In a unified commitment to clean and honest 2019 Midterm National and Local Elections, the DILG Region 7 together with the religious sector and other government offices in Central Visayas joined the first ever interagency caravan in the province of Bohol.
DILG-7 Director Leocadio Trovela said that over 300 people from the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and representatives of various government agencies, Diocese of Tagbilaran, civil society organizations (CSOs) and Muslim communities went around the province to launch a campaign against vote buying and vote selling.
“The right of suffrage is a number one political right. We need an advocacy like this to educate the public and urge them not sell their votes,” Trovela said during the opening program at Plaza Rizal in Tagbilaran City.
Participants went around the province carrying streamers on their vehicles bearing the words “‘No To Vote Buying, No To Vote Selling.”
They took five major stops in the towns of Jagna, Guindulman, Ubay, Talibon and Tubigon towns.
In every stop, the participants met with the residents and distributed leaflets and other campaign materials.
Trovela urged voters to report any violations of elections laws, like vote buying and selling.
He also called on the public to support the campaign and never allow themselves to be unduly influenced by politician’s money.
Meanwhile, Bishop Alberto Uy of the Diocese of Tagbilaran described vote buying and selling as an evil activity that should be stopped as this is the root of corruption in the government.
Bishop Uy opined that some candidates buy votes and spend high amount to clinch a high position in the government and later on strive to recuperate the election expenditures upon their assumption into government posts.
He added that vote buying and selling paves the way even for those who are not committed to public service to get their desired position.
The Bohol election caravan was conducted in support to the call of President Rodrigo Duterte to have a “clean” midterm elections on May 13.
Also present during the event were representatives from National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), Commission on Elections, Bohol Provincial Police Office, and the 47th Infantry “Katapatan” Battalion of the Philippine Army.
Organizers hoped to replicate the same activity in other provinces while the DILG will also hold a similar activity in Cebu City on May 11.