Press Release
August 1, 2011

Enrile not in favor of Senate probe into revived 2004 poll fraud raps

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile today said he is not in favor of a Senate investigation on the revived allegations of election fraud during the 2004 presidential elections, saying the matter would be better probed jointly by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

"While I will leave it for the majority of the Senate members to decide, my personal position is that a joint investigation by the DOJ and the Comelec would be the better forum to investigate these allegations of fraud during the 2004 national elections," Enrile said in a statement.

The Senate President said investigations conducted by the Senate were usually done in aid of legislation, specially if no appropriate law has been enacted to address a particular issue.

"In this case, however, we already have our election laws in place," Enrile pointed out.

Aside from the Omnibus Election Code, "there was already a mandate to computerize the elections in the country under RA 8436, which was subsequently amended," Enrile said.

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