Collusion seen in ballot secrecy folder contract
Posted by akosistella on April 19, 2010
MANILA, Philippines — The P690-million contract for ballot secrecy folders, cancelled by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for allegedly being overpriced, has just become more questionable.
Documents obtained by abs-cbnNews.com/Newsbreak indicate that there could have been collusion between poll officials and winning supplier One Time Carbon (OTC) Paper Supply to effectively do away with the bidding and ensure that OTC would bag the contract.
This developed as the Comelec en banc last week rejected the offer of OTC Paper Supply to halve the unit price of the folders just so the poll body would honor the awarding of the contract. The resolution will be promulgated this week.
Bishop to Comelec: Don’t betray people for 30 pieces of silver
MANILA, Philippines—Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas has a message for officials of the Commission of Elections: Resist the 30 pieces of silver.
Villegas, in a pastoral letter, said Comelec officials should seize the chance on to make the forthcoming polls clean and meaningful, and should not betray the people’s trust by allowing the elections to be rigged.
“To the elections officials I say: Choose heroism not compromise. Yours is the heroic mission to make the elections credible and meaningful. At the historic first automated elections in the Philippines, you can go down in history as heroes or traitors. Defend the people’s civil rights from all attempts to rig the elections. Great trust has been reposed on you. Do not betray us for thirty pieces of silver,” Villegas said.