DOJ also questions Comelec 'cash ban'

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 09 2013 08:04 PM | Updated as of May 10 2013 04:04 AM

MANILA - Justice Secretary Leila De Lima has expressed concern about the Commission on Elections' (Comelec) so-called "money ban" which prohibits the withdrawal of more than P100,000 from banks and other financial institutions, and the "possession, transportation and/or carrying" of more than P500,000 in cash up to May 13, election day.

De Lima said she has yet to study the "amended version" of the Comelec resolution ordering the ban, but as early as now, she said "constitutional and legal questions" may be raised against the assailed resolution.

The justice chief also pointed out that there is no law that supports the poll body's presumption that anybody who carries huge sums of money days before and on election day itself will use it for the purpose of vote-buying.

The Comelec, in justifying the controversial order, said it was aimed at preventing vote-buying in favor of or against candidates in the May 13 polls.

The Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAP) earlier asked the Supreme Court (SC) to stop Comelec from implementing its so-called money ban, aimed at preventing vote-buying in Monday's polls.