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Poll chiefs still in denial, to let go of BAC members By Marie A. Surbano 07/22/2010

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Poll chiefs still in denial, to let go of BAC members

By Marie A. Surbano
Poll officials are still in a state of denial, despite the publication of the findings of the probe on the excessively overpriced folders done by Commission on Elections (Comelec) legal director, which findings reportedly indicted not just the poll body’s executive director and the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) but also all the commissioners, although it was also clear in the published report by a newspaper the other day that even as he indicted the poll commissioners, including the chairman, Jose Melo, the legal officer also provided “mitigating circumstances” that may absolve them.

An official of the Comelec yesterday confirmed that they will appoint the new members of its BAC next week following the controversial P700-million ballot secrecy folder.

According to Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento, the members of BAC headed by its chairman Leah Alarkon would have to be replaced soon since their terms have already expired.

He did not say that this is linked to the report that was submitted to the Ombudsman for action.

“I think Alarkon and company have submitted their notice of resignation submitted their notice of resignation because their terms have expired for one year so they sent their notice to the en banc that they should be relieved and a new BAC be appointed by the commission,” Sarmiento told reporters..... MORE

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