Through and aided each other to guarantee a

Through the observations of the past elections however, we could clearly
see that our election process, in fact, is not fair at all. First of all, in
every election that we had in the Philippines there is always issues about
electoral sabotage such as, vote buying or the manipulation of votes. For
instance, the electoral sabotage case against former President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo committed on or before May 14, 2007 where the three supposedly
(Arroyo, Ampatuan, and Bedol) conspired and aided each other to guarantee a
“12-0” victory for the senatorial candidates of Arroyo’s “team unity” where
they “deliberately, feloniously and illegally meddled with the provincial
certificate of canvass of votes, the reports of votes by city or municipality
and summary account of votes for the province of Maguindanao” (Andrade, 2011). Another
case was in Guagua town, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting
(PPCRV) confirmed that some ballots in Precinct 0169-A in Betis Elementary
School were “pre-shaded “to favor a mayoral candidate. House Minority Leader
Danilo Suarez, whose son David is running for re-election as Quezon governor,
said the province’s second district, as well as Lucena City, is the center of suspected
vote-buying, with P1,000 to P2,000 being offered to each voter (Inquirer, 2013).
In addition to that, there are also a lot of cases of political dynasties in
the Philippines wherein a certain family runs the government of a certain area,
thus these families hold most of the power in areas of their jurisdiction.
Although it is prohibited by the Constitution (Sec. 26, Art. II, 1987
Constitution), according to a study conducted by Prof. Roland Simbolan, 94%or
73 out of 80 provinces of the Philippines have political dynasties (Simbolan,
2013). Some well-known political dynasties are, the Marcoses who have been a
political force in Ilocos Norte since 1925, some had become senators, and one
even became a president, and the Ampatuans who have set Maguindanao as their
turf in the 1960s. Another influential political dynasty is the Binays who have
Makati as their bailiwick ever since 1986 (Santos, 2010).