Comelec exec tagged in secrecy folder deal – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos
Posted by akosistella on April 26, 2010
Lawyer says directive to suspend bidding defied
MANILA, Philippines—The winning bidder in the scuttled purchase by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) of ballot secrecy folders bagged a contract in 2008 after an election executive allegedly defied a directive of the poll body to postpone the bidding, a Comelec official said.
Lawyer Melchor Magdamo, who is assigned to the office of Comelec Chair Jose Melo, made the statement in an affidavit he submitted to a panel investigating the earlier decision to buy from OTC Paper Supply 1.8 million ballot secrecy folders at P380 each, a deal worth nearly P700 million.
The secrecy folder deal has since been junked, but the poll body has decided to probe the circumstances leading to its decision to buy the “extravagant” folders.
Palace defends Comelec on folder issue
MANILA, Philippines—Malacañang on Saturday came out in defense of the Commission on Elections which is getting weighed down by controversies arising from its preparations for the country’s first nationwide automated elections in May.
“If there’s any anomaly about these folders, this is now being investigated. Not a single cent has been paid for this contract,” Gary Olivar, deputy presidential spokesperson, said over government-run dzRB.
Olivar said he had spoken with Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento on several matters, including this, by phone.
AND ANOTHER COMELEC GRAFT CASE:
Evidence in poll exec’s graft case challenged
MANILA, Philippines – Government prosecutors have objected to the admission into the record of several documentary evidence in the graft case filed against former poll commissioner Luzviminda Tancangco in connection with the P6.59 billion Voters Registration and Identification System (VRIS) project of 2000.
In a 12-page comment, Prosecution Bureau I acting director Raymundo Julio A. Olaguer and assistant special prosecutor III Julieta Zinnia A. Niduaza and Judith Antonina R. Boco-Mate challenged the admissibility of Tancangco’s evidence on the grounds of failure to identify them during trial and for being immaterial and irrelevant.
Tancangco, former head of the Comelec’s bidding and awards committee, is accused of favoring Photokina Marketing Corp. in the bidding for the P6.59 billion VRIS project.
via ABS-CBN News