MANILA - Senator Richard Gordon said Wednesday he would call for a legislative inquiry into alleged vote buying in the midterm polls.
Gordon said vote-buying was so rampant that people were seen lining up or gathering everyday in politicians' homes, including those linked to the illegal drug trade.
"It destroys the electoral process. Dapat ituro sa mga bata na sagrado yung electoral process dapat seryosohin 'yan. (We should teach the youth that the electoral process is sacred, it has to be taken seriously),” Gordon told DZMM.
So-called "narco politicians" were observed to have exerted their influence in the May 13 vote, said Gordon.
Data gathered by the ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group showed that out of the 46 local officials accused by President Rodrigo Duterte of being involved in the illegal drug trade, 36 ran for various local positions and 26 of them won.
Of the 26 winners, 18 were reelected, while the remaining 8 were incumbent vice mayors or mayors who won new posts.
Gordon said the Anti-Money Laundering Council and the Bureau of Internal Revenue should be on alert for large withdrawals from banks during the election period.
Meanwhile, National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections is hoping to gain more support for its suggestion to use a hybrid of manual voting and automated canvassing in future polls.
Manual voting should be done at the precinct level. After which, canvassing for the municipal, provincial and national levels will be automated, Namfrel said.