Masbate's dark secrets tackled in KampanyaSerye -- Political Violence, Vote-Selling, Poverty, and more

By: System Admin in Politics

Masbate's dark secrets tackled in KampanyaSerye -- Political Violence, Vote-Selling, Poverty, and more


Perennial political violence and vote-selling in Masbate were discussed and featured by ABS-CBN's KampanyaSerye.

“Political leaders in Masbate use their political capital for violence rather than developing the area. Politics in the province is commonly used for political gain rather than the good of the people,” says Professor Prospero de Vera of the National College of Public Administration and Governance at the University of the Philippines.

On vote-selling:

One Masbateño, who refused to be named because he fears for his life, says almost everyone sells his or her vote. Residents of the province who work in other places like Manila even make it a point to go home for the elections to make sure they will receive money from vote-buying politicians.

The program also tackled poverty in the area despite its natural riches.

It’s one of the biggest ironies in Masbate: Despite its natural riches, its economy has not taken off, with many people like Robert still struggling to get by every day.

Data from the National Statistical Coordination Board show that in 2009, 42.5 percent of the people were poor or whose income, if any, was not enough for them to meet their basic needs. The poverty rate has decreased from over 50 percent in 2003, but the province remains one of the poorest in the Philippines.

Watch the KampanyaSerye video and be aware of the dark secrets in Masbate.

System Admin


System Admin Administrator came from a very humble beginning. Born in the middle of the jungle. Raised by a very loving mother. Grew with a very hard working father. Experienced poverty at the lowest level.

Posted by on 05 Mar 2013

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