By Joseph Almer Pedrajas
Several armed agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) raided a covered court in Bacog, Navotas City after reportedly receiving information about alleged vote-buying activity in the area, a day before the May 13 mid-term elections.
However, in an interview with reporters Monday, the camp of Navotas City congressional bet Marielle del Rosario said that the activity, which they organized, was a “poll watchers’ seminar.”
They denied that they were buying votes and said, they were only tackling the duties of the watchers, how to use the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines, and their preparation should there be protests.
The P500 distributed to each of the around 500 attendees represented their allowance, and the envelopes containing t-shirt, ballpen and bond papers were their elections kit, they added.
Former Navotas City Mayor Felipe Del Rosario Jr., Del Rosario’s father, recalled that “around eight armed NBI agents suddenly barged in” at around 11 a.m. at the court where they were conducting the elections’ seminar.
He said that the agents told him that they were on a vote buying raid, but when he looked for their search warrant, the agents told him that “there was no need for a warrant because it was an entrapment operation.”
According to him, a female attendee of the seminar was hurt in the raid.
The former mayor said that, after the incident, he asked the Navotas City Police if it had any idea about the NBI’s vote-buying raid.
He said the local police replied that there was no request for coordination from the NBI. #MatalinongBoto2019