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Dishonesty and Villarroyo caused Villar's survey to drop

>> Thursday, April 8, 2010

I think Villar needs to be more honest once and for all. He has been believed to be making up stories to get the public's sympathy and attention. The stories that he came from poor and that his brother died because they were poor worked against him. The C5 controversies are still an open issue because Villar avoided facing it. The Villarroyo alliance, on the other hand, caused people to believe that Gloria's administration will continue through Villar.

And now this:

Under Article 12, Section 261 of the code, vote-buying constitutes the act of giving, offering, or promising money or anything of value, including promises of “employment, franchise or grant, public or private."

Vote-buying also involves making or offering to incur expenses that will, directly or indirectly, benefit a person, association, corporation, entity, or community “to induce anyone or the public in general to vote for or against any candidate or withhold his vote in the election, or to vote for or against any aspirant for the nomination or choice of a candidate in a convention or similar selection process of a political party."

"(Villar) is now trying to buy himself the Presidency of our beloved country... in distributing and handing out P20 and scholarship grants while in the act of soliciting the support and sacred votes of his audience, has undeniably engaged in the despicable act of vote-buying," the petition read.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez told reporters that the allegations made by the LP bets may initiate both disqualification and criminal proceedings. "Bottom line is [that] vote-buying is a felony," he said.

He noted, however, that the Comelec Law Department would still have to investigate if there has been in fact a violation of the election rules.

Vote-buying constitutes an election offense, which is punishable by one to six years imprisonment, disenfranchisement, and disqualification from holding public office.

Comelec Law Department head Ferdinand Rafanan had earlier admitted that Villar's act of giving out P20 bills "might be considered" vote-buying under the Omnibus Election Code.

"Misrepresentations"

Aside from vote-buying, the LP senatorial bets said Villar should be disqualified for making "misrepresentations" about the “true" circumstances surrounding the death of his brother, which they said was a violation of the Fair Elections Act or Republic Act 9006.

Villar is generally perceived as the closest rival of LP presidential bet Sen. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III in the forthcoming May 10 presidential race, based on their comparative ratings in recent poll surveys on the electorate's presidential preferences. - with Amita Legaspi/KBK/JV, GMANews.TV

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