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Cashless vote-buying, according to the Department of Justice’s chief, is easier to prosecute.

MANILA, Philippines β€” Menardo Guevarra, the Justice Secretary, stated on Thursday that his agency will seek the assistance of banks to monitor cashless transactions used in vote-buying and election fraud.

Commissioner George Garcia of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) previously stated that the poll body had received information on the use of cashless transactions for vote-buying in specific places.

During the Laging Handa public briefing, Guevarra said that because there is a more obvious paper trail to follow, these cashless transactions may be much easier to establish.

“Kung makikita na maliwanag na may pattern iyang ganiyang mga bank transactions ay magiging isang matibay na ebidensiya iyan ng vote-buying kasi may record iyan eh, palagay ko ay magiging isang matibay na ebidensiya iyan ng Makikita iyong pinanggagalingan, makikita kung saan patungo, so may mai-establish na pattern iyan “he stated

Guevarra went on to say that the evidence of the transactions must be accompanied by other evidence. “The DOJ chief stated that “it is not complete by itself, but when combined with other pieces of evidence, you can make out a case” (It is not complete by itself, but when combined with other pieces of evidence, you can make out a case), adding that “coordination with the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) may be required.”

“Iyong aktuwal na nahuli na namimili ng boto ay iyong aktuwal na nahuli na namimili ng boto ay iyong aktuwal na nahuli na namimili ng boto ay iyong aktuwal na nahuli na namimili Let me also underline that na hindi lamang iyong namimili ang legal punishment. Iyong nanghihingi or iyong tumatanggap at nangangako na boboto at hindi boboto para sa isang tao sa kaniyang natanggap na kaniyang natanggap na kaniyang natanggap na kaniyang natanggap Iyong person na nag-accept is also liable (under the Omnibus Election Code, individuals who solicit or receive money and agree to vote or not vote for a person in exchange for the money or the thing of value received are also liable) “Guevarra explained.

He went on to say that the National Prosecutor’s Office, the Public Attorney’s Office, and the National Bureau of Investigation will collaborate with Comelec’s Kontra Bigay and give these cases top priority.

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