About

LENTE is a nationwide network of lawyers, law students, paralegals, and other trained volunteers set up by various non-partisan groups to monitor the canvassing of votes in the May 14, 2007 elections.

LENTE was formed because of a great danger that, as in previous elections, the May 14, 2007 elections may be tainted with widespread and systematic fraud; hence, there is a need to prevent cheating especially during the canvassing of tallied votes.

LENTE will perform two tasks for the coming 14 May elections: (1) monitor the canvassing of tallied votes in cities, municipalities and provinces around the country; and (2) provide legal services to members of the NETWORK during the election period.

LENTE is composed of over 25 organizations and its membership continues to expand. At present, the members of LENTE are:

*Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)

One Voice

Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines-National Secretariat for Social Action (CBCP-NASSA)

National Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL)

Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV)

Ateneo Human Rights Center

Ateneo Law School Student Council

Bishops’ Businessmen’s Conference (BBC)

Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO)-Bantay Canvass

Cebu Lady Lawyers Association

Cebu Young Lawyers of the Philippines

Davao Lady Lawyers Association (Dallas)

Lawyers’ League for Liberty (LIBERTAS)

Lyceum of the Philippines, College of Law Student Council

Manuel L. Quezon University, College of Law Student Council.

The Co-Convenors of LENTE are Atty. Jose Vicente B. Salazar, National President of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, and Atty. Carlos P. Medina, Jr., Chief Legal Counsel of One Voice and Executive Director of the Ateneo Human Rights Center.
You may contact the LENTE Secretariat and sign up to be a LENTE volunteer.

The national secretariat is based at the Ateneo Human Rights Center, 20 Rockwell Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati City. Its contact details are:

Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE)
National Secretariat
c/o Ateneo Human Rights Center
  Tel. No: (02) – 8997691 local 2123, Telefax 8994342
Mobile No. +639155797926 (Ms. Anna Katrina A. Carillo)
E-mail Address: aacunesco@yahoo.com

At the provincial level, the LENTE secretariat is based at the local office of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines-National Secretariat for Social Action (CBCP-NASSA). LENTE may also be reached through the local offices of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), the National Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL), and the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV).

LENTE is a member of the Volunteers for Clean Elections (VForCE)

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