MANILA - In a significant move to fortify the country's democratic foundation, the Department of Justice (DOJ), represented by Secretary Jesus Crispin C. Remulla, and the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), led by Chairman George Erwin M. Garcia, formally signed a Memorandum of Agreement today. This strategic alliance is dedicated to addressing prevalent issues such as vote-buying and vote-selling, thereby ensuring the integrity and transparency of the electoral process.
In the heart of the nation's capital, Secretary Remulla conveyed that the day marks a reaffirmation to all Filipinos about the unwavering commitment to safeguard the sanctity of our votes. This collaboration between the DOJ and COMELEC underscores their joint resolve, presenting a united stance against electoral malpractices.
A highlight of the MOA is the establishment of Legal Assistance Desks across provinces, facilitating easier reporting of electoral offenses. These desks emphasize the government's determination to remain accessible to its citizens, ensuring that the law stands as an ally to every Filipino who seeks to protect our democracy.
Furthermore, the collaboration aims to maximize the investigative capacities of the COMELEC and the prosecutorial might of the DOJ. By leveraging each other's strengths, the two entities will be better positioned to ensure that violators of electoral integrity face the full force of the law.
Chairman Garcia highlighted the importance of the MOA and noted that the creation of COMELEC's Committee on Kontra-Bigay (CKB) is crucial. He emphasized that addressing electoral malpractice is a responsibility that extends beyond just COMELEC. With the MOA's establishment with the DOJ, it's clear that the whole country is united in this effort.
The DOJ extends its gratitude to all attendees and stakeholders for their support and urges the Filipino populace to actively partake in upholding the rule of law and the democratic processes of our nation.