PPCRV receives reports of violence, illegal election-related activities

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Barely two hours into the opening of polls, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) has already received disturbing reports of violence and violations of election laws.

PPCRV Command Center Operations Head Ana de Villa-Singson said a child reportedly was killed in a bombing incident in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao.

She said other details concerning the blast were not immediately available.

The PPCRV is an election watchdog and the citizen arm of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

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In Agusan del Sur, one senior PPCRV volunteer reported a new modus operandi to buy votes – not to make people choose a certain candidate, but to prevent them from going to the polls, de Villa-Singson said.

She said voters are being paid P1,000 each for their index finger to be marked with indelible ink. The mark is an indication that a person has cast his ballot and election inspectors will not allow him or her to vote a second time.

This practice is a departure from the past modus operandi voters are given money to dissuade them from voting for a certain candidate.

The PPCRV also received reports of VCMs seen in certain rooms at Novotel in Araneta Center. By law, only the Comelec should have possession and control over VCMs.

De Villa-Singson said the PPCRV has already sent volunteers to check the report, and informed the election officer responsible for the area where the hotel is located.

Her group also received reports that some ballots have a pink line on it — and this is rumored to be pre-programmed to benefit certain candidates.

De Villa-Singson said voters should not accept such ballots and instead demand a replacement.

Multiple paper jams in the printing of voter's receipts have also been reported in Manila District 2, Urdaneta in Pangasinan, Imus in Cavite, Antipolo, and Camarines Sur.