Probe poll fraud for the right reasons – Magsaysay PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 August 2011 16:31

Zambales 1st District Rep. Mitos Magsaysay lauded the Department of Justice (DoJ) for its resolve in getting to the bottom of the alleged massive election fraud in 2004 and 2007 exposed by former ARMM Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan and Maguindanao provincial election supervisor Lintang Bedol but warned the agency to undertake the investigation “for the right reasons.”

“The DoJ made the right call in wanting to reopen cases of election fraud in 2004 and 2007 in order to restore the Filipino people’s faith in the election process. It is imperative that the doubts be laid to rest,” she said. “But they must be sure that they are doing it to shed light on the anomaly, not simply to persecute the former administration.”

She also cautioned the body to be extremely careful in its acceptance of witnesses and make sure that they do not have their own interests for making the expose lest it compromise the entire investigation. “They should make sure that their witnesses are credible and not simply rely on the testimonies of these former officials who are also faced with various cases.”

“So far, those who have come forward allegedly played a key role in poll fraud in Mindanao, but their statements should not be taken as the gospel truth. We should understand their motives for coming forward now, of all the times that they could have come forward with their evidence,” she said.

Magsaysay said that the DoJ must also take heed of the speculations that the probe is only being used by the Aquino administration to drum up support for the President’s actions pending the State of the Nation Address  (SoNA) in the wake of the barrage of cases the administration has piled up against the Arroyos in the past months. “Only in staging a neutral and thorough investigation would they be able to make a difference in the electoral system.”

Magsaysay also lauded the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for its initiative in launching a separate investigation into the alleged massive cheating which benefitted the candidates of the former administration.

“The Comelec should find out the truth in order to plug the loopholes in its system so that there would not be any cause to question the election system in the future,” she added.