JUSTICE Secretary Menardo Guevarra is set to create a composite team from the National Bureau of Investigation, National Prosecution Service, and Department of Justice Action Center that will join the Commission on Elections’ Inter-Agency Task Force Against Vote Buying.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said this as the Comelec announced last week that it was organizing a task force to combat vote buying ahead of the May elections.
“I intend to create a DOJ composite team from the NPS, NBI, PAO, and DOJAC (main and field offices) for the COMELEC’s inter-agency task force against vote buying.
“Considering the importance of the forthcoming elections to the survival and recovery of the nation, I will direct the DOJ contingent to give the highest priority to this campaign in the next 40 days,” Guevarra said in a message.
According to Comelec Commissioner George Garcia last Friday, the Interagency Task Force Kontra Bigay will be constituted this week.
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.
Garcia said the task force will act on both motu propio and formal complaints involving vote buying.