THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) will jointly investigate the alleged fraud in the 2004 and 2007 elections. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. agreed on a joint investigation during a closed-door meeting wherein they also started mapping out the mechanics of the probe.
“What we have right now is an agreement in principle between Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to hold a joint investigation. Maybe in the next few days, they will thresh out the rules of engagement,” said Comelec spokesman James Jimenez. He said the entry of the DOJ should allay suspicion of whitewash by the Comelec. Jimenez added that Sec. de Lima would create a special DOJ task force or team for this purpose.
The DOJ has already started building its case based on allegations of poll fraud raised by former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan and former Maguindanao election supervisor Lintang Bedol. (COMELEC)