Inquirer editorial: A typical scam
Posted by akosistella on April 7, 2010
THE MODUS OPERANDI IN THE UNFOLDING scam involving Comelec “secrecy folders” followed familiar patterns. First, identify a legitimate need: in this case, collapsible voting booths to ensure the secrecy of the ballot. Second, delay matters so that the requirement takes on a sense of critical urgency, to facilitate the superficial observance of official protocols. Third, bloat the costs accordingly, by creating artificial requirements that justify bidding-free purchases. Fourth, try to pull the wool over the eyes of those who have the duty to scrutinize purchases, hiding the bloated costs as long as possible.