Binay to voters: Don't sell votes but take the money

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Vice President Jejomar Binay advised voters to take the money should anyone try to buy their votes.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Vice President Jejomar Binay during his visit in Maguindanao on Tuesday (August 18) gave voters a quick lesson on vote-buying.

Binay said people shouldn't sell their votes, but should anyone try to buy them he advised voters to take the money.

“Tanggapin ang pera, ilagay sa bulsa, at bumoto sa kursonada,” said Binay.

[Translation: Take the money, put it in your pocket, and vote the one you like.]

He quipped that it would be a shame for the person trying to buy their vote if voters don’t take the money.

After all, Binay said, it usually comes from public funds.

“Nakakahiya doon sa nagbibigay. Tutal ang binibigay naman sa inyo ay pera ng bayan,” added Binay.

[Translation: It would be embarrassing to the one offering you money. Anyway, the money being given to you comes from public funds.]

What’s important, Binay coached, is that voters should vote according to their conscience.

“Huwag kayo boboto dahil sa kayo ay binigyan ng pera. Pero tanggapin ho ninyo,” Binay told the voters.

[Translation: Don’t vote because you were given money. But take the cash.]

Binay was the first to announce his presidential bid for the 2016 elections. And for now, his only confirmed contender is Liberal Party's (LP) standard bearer Mar Roxas.

CNN Philippines' Joyce Ilas contributed to this report.