Cam Norte solon's ma no-show at arraignment for vote-buying charge

LABO, Camarines Norte--Vilma Jalgalado-Barcelona did not appear before Branch 64 of the Regional Trial Court of Labo this morning to enter her plea in Criminal Case No. 13-2418.

Barcelona, who is the mother of Cong. Cathy Barcelona Reyes and the aunt of Cong. Renato "Jojo" Unico, Jr., is facing charges of vote-buying or violation Sec. 261 of Batas Pambansa Blg. 88.

Accused's counsel explained to the court that her client is presently attending to her husband's health concerns in Manila.

Barcelona's arraignment was ordered reset to March 5.

As averred in the Information,  Barcelona is being accused of giving Php1,000.00 each to Diosdado Ebano, Glenn Galicia, and Emmanel Gallardo as consideration for their votes in favor of Catherine Barcelona Reyes and Renato "Jojo" Unico Jr.--With report from Mahatma Gan/BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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