A total of 94 persons were arrested while P1.164 million was confiscated in operations against vote buying this election season, police said Thursday.

Of those arrested, 83 have been charged in court while 11 are still undergoing investigation, Senior Supt. Valeriano de Leon, chief of the PNP Directorate for Operations’ statistics and reports division, said in a briefing.

Fifty-nine incidents of vote buying were recorded in the entire country from Jan. 13 to May 13, but only 46 of these have been confirmed so far, De Leon said.

Of the confirmed incidents, eight occurred in the Zamboanga Peninsula, followed by seven in Ilocos region, five in Caraga, four each in Bicol, Central Visayas, and Eastern Visayas, three each in Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and Western Visayas, two in Cagayan Valley, and one each in Mimaropa, Northern Mindanao, and Central Mindanao, according to records presented by De Leon.

In Central Luzon, three persons were arrested and charged for two vote buying incidents that involved P505,700.

A total of 13 alleged incidents of vote buying were also reported in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Central Mindanao, and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Eleven people were arrested and are still undergoing investigation for these incidents.

Despite the arrests, PNP chief Dir. Gen. Alan Purisima said the police still need to brush up on its campaign against vote buying.

“We need to review our elements of vote buying.. If there is a vague interpretation there, all cases will be dismissed,” Purisima said. (John Roson)

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