Partylist groups used ‘operators’ to buy votes in Lanao special elections

May. 27, 2007

Newsbreak magazine says that five partylist groups have used the services — to put it mildly — of so-called operators in order to win votes in the special elections held in Lanao del Sur yesterday. Two of these partylist groups are Yacap and Biyaheng Pinoy, groups that were allegedly formed by people with ties to the Arroyo administration.

The report said Rey Sumalipao, the election officer of the Autonomous Region in Mindanao, “was said to have directly ordered local poll officers here to help Yacap win, according to the two cheating operators. Sumalipao has denied the allegation.”

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