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DOJ set to stop vote-buying

April 18, 2022 Hector Lawas 277 views

THE Department of Justice has created a composite team from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), National Prosecution Service (NPS), Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), and Department of Justice Action Center (DOJAC) to join the Commission on Elections’ Task Force Kontra Bigay (Task Force Against Vote Buying.)

“I have explained to the DOJAC, the PAO, the NBI, and the NPS their respective role in the COMELEC task force against vote buying,” Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said in a message.

The Comelec announced last month that it was organizing a task force to combat vote buying ahead of the May elections.

According to Comelec Commissioner George Garcia, the task force will act on both motu propio and formal complaints involving vote buying.

The body will be composed of Comelec, DOJ, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission, National Bureau of Investigation, Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the Philippine Information Agency.

Under the Omnibus Election Code, giving, offering, or promising “money or anything of value in order to induce anyone or the public, in general, to vote for or against any candidate or withhold his vote in the election” is prohibited.

The Comelec urged the public to file formal complaints on these alleged vote-buying incidents so the agency could study the evidence presented and require defendants to respond to the allegations.