SIERRA-BULLONES, Bohol – The former candidate for vice-mayor in this town, identified as Rey E. Yamaro of Liberal Party but lost in the elections is facing charges to be filed by the Commission on Elections for overspending in the elections, according to Rappler website, quoting Comelec data. Yamaro spent a total of Php100,000, which equivalent to 115%. He was supposed to spent only for a total of Php46,311.00, according to the report.
So far, he’s the only among the Boholano candidates who was indicted for election over-spending violation. The same report bared that there were more Liberal Party candidates, winner and losers, have been found by the Comelec to have overspent. There were eleven of them.
Lakas Party had a total of eight (8) candidates; Nacionalista Party, four (4); Nationalist People’s Coalition and Independents, three (3) apiece; and Partido ng Masang Pilipino and Aksyon Demokratiko, two (2) apiece of the same violations, the report said.
Each candidate who run under political parties are allowed to spend Php3.00 per voter and Independent bet, Php5.00 per voter pursuant to Republic Act 7166 or the Synchronized National and Local Elections Law.
Reports said that there have been moves in Congress to revisit the election spending which was said to be not realisitic in these times.
But so far still there were no official reports of charging those who spend millions of pesos for vote-buying as commonly practice but against the law. (rvo)