Legal Network for Truthful Elections
The Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) is an organization of lawyers and other people in the legal industry that are committed to nation building by monitoring election related activities.
LENTE pushes for electoral reforms to ensure clean, honest and credible elections. Also, it seeks to educate the voting public on the electoral process. LENTE members also pursue criminal cases against violators of election laws. Finally, the group works closely with other electoral groups to assist each other in fulfilling its goals.
LENTE was formally launched March 23, 2007. It is comprised of lawyers, paralegals, law students and other legal professionals with the objective of using their skills and knowledge to act as the legal arm of different political watchdog groups. The launching ceremony was held at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) National Office.
The co-convenors are Atty. Carlos Medina, the executive director of the Ateneo Human Rights Center, and Atty. Feliciano Bautista, the president of the IBP.
LENTE is recognized and supported by National Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL), Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), OneVoice Inc., LIBERTAS, and the Alternative Law Groups of the Philippines.
LENTE first became active in the local political scene in the May 2007 elections. They assisted volunteer groups in monitoring election results and provided legal service as needed. They mobilized over 100 trained volunteers to assist in election areas, especially in electoral hot spots.
In the August 2008 ARMM elections, LENTE also lent its services. They volunteered their services to monitor voter’s lists, certificates of canvass and election results. Before deploying volunteers, LENTE trained them on election laws and procedures.
For the May 2010 elections, LENTE is mobilizing more volunteers. It is intensively coordinating with administrators and students from more schools to increase its network. The group is continuously training and educating its members on electoral laws and procedures. They are actively campaigning and involved in voter’s education on poll automation and other electoral concerns.
- http://www.lente.org.ph/ (accessed April 5, 2010)
- http://truthfulelections.wordpress.com/ (accessed April 5, 2010)
- http://www.ibp.org.ph/ (accessed April 5, 2010)