More stink at the Comelec: 1.68 million folders for P0.638 billion?

And I thought P1 billion for some 80,000 UV lamps stank so much that you could smell the overprice a mile away.

This one, you could smell 10 miles away!

[UPDATE: A more recent story by Malaya says the Comelec has rescinded the contract. Just like that? Nobody will be prosecuted for approving and awarding the contract?]

The full report by GMA News is here. This is the gist:

Election officials had bought nearly two million ballot secrecy folders for the May 10 elections at an overpriced rate of P380 each, Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. alleged on Sunday.

Citing information from a confidential source, Pimentel claimed there had been no bidding for the folders, which will be used to cover the ballot during voting. He declined to name the company that had bagged the contract from the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

“I want Chairman [Jose] Melo to investigate this matter because this will taint the integrity of the Comelec. It looks like more than P300 per piece is too much… I cannot name my source because doing so will endanger his life,” Pimentel told GMANews.TV in Filipino.

Under Comelec Resolution 8786, there should be 22 folders per clustered precinct. This means the poll body must shell out P638 million for 1.68 million folders for the 76,340 clustered precincts in the upcoming elections.


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