Rafanan seeks extension to release ballot secrecy report again

June 8, 2010 7:11 pm 

MANILA, June 8 – The investigating panel on the anomalous ballot secrecy folder project has asked for a third extension in coming up with a complete report.

"We are just wrapping up. We are just completing the picture so it will be clear and not sketchy leaving many questions unanswered," Law department head Atty. Ferdinand Rafanan, who is also the head of the three-man investigating panel, said.

He said the panel asked for an extension of the deadline, June 18, as they still need to acquire some more documents that would be used in their probe.

Rafanan also said that based on the documents at hand, the panel was already forming conclusions.

He said the panel was still waiting for some documents from the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) and other sections involved in the probe for them to be able to complete its probe.

"We can complete our investigation (without these documents) but there’s something missing… These are major gaps," he said.

Last April, the Comelec en banc created the three-man panel to probe the alleged overpricing in the procurement of more than 1.8 million ballot secrecy folders worth P689.7 million from OTC Paper Supply.

Rafanan was originally given until April 20 to come up with an extensive report on the erroneous project, wherein each folder would have cost P380, but was subsequently extended to April 30 and then to June 4.

However, he said, the panel intend to comply with the latest deadline given by the en banc, assuring that it would be its last request. (PNA) RMA/FGP/utb

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