Deadline on the ballot secrecy folder investigation extended to one more week

April 20, 2010 7:47 pm 

MANILA, April 20 – The deadline to come up with a decision on the controversy involving the procurement of the ballot secrecy folder was extended for another week, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Tuesday.

According to Comelec James Jimenez, the investigation is taking some surprising turn, however, he refused to elaborate on it, saying that he did not want to preempt the investigation.

He added that the investigation is taking longer as they are looking at different factors and various reasons.

"You are looking at the relationships of all players. For instance OTS (One Time Carbon) Paper Supply has been a supplier of the Comelec for quite some time now and that’s a factor in the investigation,” the Comelec official said.

Originally, the deadline set for which the Comelec Law department headed by Atty. Ferdinand Rafanan to come up with decision was on April 20. Rafanan asked for another seven days to issue the decision.

Jimenez added that they are giving those people involved the opportunity to answer.

He added that they allowed the extension to give the law department ample time to look deeply into the controversy and for them to come up with a credible decision.

“The commission wants to get to the bottom of this except that we want to do it right. We don’t want to turn this into an indiscriminate witch hunt,” he added.

An investigation on the foiled P689.7 million worth ballot secrecy project after discovering that the price of each folder is P380.00.

The contract was awarded to OTC Paper Supply but was eventually recalled upon the discovery of the overprice. (PNA) LBV/FGP/utb


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