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The Case Of The Extra Long ‘Vote Security’ Folders

July 21, 2010

This all started with plastic folders that curiously looked like blue banana leaves.

Now there’s a 99-page confidential investigation report sent to the Ombudsman calling for the impeachment of COMELEC Chairman Jose Melo, his executive director plus the poll body’s bids and awards committee.

The report comes from the head of the poll body’s legal department, Atty. Ferdinand Rafanan who is also seeking criminal and administrative charges to be filed against Executive Director Jose Tolentino of the Comelec Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), the panel members and the owners of the company that supplied the pricey folders, OTC Paper Supply:

It would appear that the chairman and the commissioners may have to explain their apparent inexcusable gross negligence in promulgating Comelec en banc Resolution No. 8795 approving the recommendation contained in BAC Resolution No. 85-2010 for the procurement of 1,815,000 BSF [Ballot Secrecy Folders] for P380 per piece. This might constitute betrayal of public trust, which is a ground for impeachment.

The folders were to be used in the May elections and the deal was scuttled when public outrage erupted.

If the cases prosper, specially on the wings of the new administration’s ‘kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap’ posture this will more than put a damper on the poll body’s celebratory mood over the over-all success of the watershed automated elections.

This may very well open the Pandora’s box on the intense suspicions that there is a cabal that overseas crooked deals that run into the hundreds of millions at the COMELEC.

Failing at buying banana lead-length folders, the crooks in the poll body may find themselves romancing jail bars.

It’s about time.

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