Former senator Heherson Alvarez has withdrawn from the congressional race of the 4th District of Isabela on May 11.
The Isabela politiko said the prevalence of vote-buying in his district “makes the electoral process a sham.”
“Vote-buying is vote-killing and is as destructive to our democracy as drug is as destructive to our physical well-being,” Alvarez said.
He also called on voters to choose politikos who do not buy votes.
“Let us make those who undermine our free suffrage accountable to our laws and Constitution. As the President has warned, we must seek to help penalize vote-buyers as we do to drug offenders,” Alvarez said.