DILG prepares template for vote-buying complaints

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Posted at May 09 2019 12:21 PM

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The Department of the Interior and Local Government said it will upload on its website a template for complaints against vote buying on Thursday, 4 days before the May 13 midterm polls. 

The Commission on Elections takes action against vote buying if there is a verified complaint, and not just verbal information, said Interior Spokesperson and Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya. 

"Nakakalungkot po na naging kalakaran na ang vote buying sa ating bansa. Gustuhin man nating padaliin itong proseso [ng pagsusumbong], hindi po natin puwedeng gawin dahil criminal po ito at electoral," he told radio DZMM. 

(It is sad that vote buying has become a norm in the country. Even if we want to ease the process for complaints, we cannot do so because this concerns a criminal and electoral offense.) 

"Kailangan po nating sumunod sa rules of procedure ng Comelec; kung hindi, masasayang lang ang ating effort," he added. 

(We need to follow the rules of procedure of Comelec; otherwise, our effort will just be wasted.) 

The complaint form should be notarized before it is submitted to the police, public prosecutors or the Comelec's law department and field offices, he said. 

Officials proven guilty of vote buying may be disqualified from the elections or removed from their posts, Malaya said. 

DZMM, 9 May 2019