Justice Secretary Raul
Gonzalez has recently courted flak for offering P10, 000 each to barangay
(village) officials who will be able to get a 12-0 win for Team Unity in
his native Iloilo. In so doing, he is taking after a Team Unity senatorial
candidate and an administration congressional candidate who both gave away
money to voters in some of their recent campaign sorties. Vote-buying is
ordinarily something that is done under cover: this is one of those rare
instances in history that voters are being bribed in broad daylight. Is
the Arroyo administration so desperate for votes as to be this brazen in
buying off voters?
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