Camp Olivas, City of San Fernando, Pampanga – Through the activation of PRO3 Task Force Kontra Bigay (Vote Buying) to address suspected vote buying incidents in the region,  eight (8) persons were arrested for Vote Buying and Selling in Tarlac and Pampanga, yesterday (May 12).

Authorities were able to arrest 7 persons in Pampanga while 1 person was arrested in Tarlac.

Relatedly, 54 individuals were arrested for violation of the 48-hour liquor ban which took effect midnight of May 12 until 11:59 PM, today (May 13).

Due to stern implementation of “Oplan Baklas” regionwide, a total of 37,436 illegal campaign posters, most of which were oversized and were posted in prohibited areas, like electric lines and trees were removed during the previous clearing operations conducted by COMELEC, PNP and other partner agencies within the region.

As of press time, based on reports from the PRO3 Regional Election Monitoring Action Center, 99.99% polling precincts in Central Luzon are now open for casting of votes while 2 polling precincts in Balagtas and Marilao, Bulacan are conducting reconfiguration of their Vote Counting Machines (VCMs).

“We continue to enforce our tight security measures particularly on all polling centers to ensure every one of a safe and credible electoral process. We are on the guard until all ballot boxes are secured and have been transported to all canvassing areas,” PRO3 Regional Director PBGEN JOEL NAPOLEON M CORONEL said.