Press Release
July 2, 2006


Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. (PDP-Laban) today assailed an apparent plan to make Commissioner Resurreccion Borra the fall guy in the tainted P1.3 billion poll computerization contract awarded by the Commission on Elections to the MegaPacific Consortium.

While welcoming the concrete move of the Office of the Ombudsman to resolve the case, Pimentel said there should be no sacred cows in the investigation and prosecution of the culprits behind the irregularity.

Its a good start but it should not end there. All Comelec Commissioners who were involved in the anomalous MegaPacific contract should be prosecuted. Borra should not be made the sole scapegoat, he said.

Pimentel also said minor employees of Comelec, such as members of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), which evaluated the proposals of MegaPacific and other bidders, should be encouraged to turn state witness in order to unravel the whole truth behind the scandal.

The minor employees may volunteer to be state witnesses and blow the whistle on the erring Comelec commissioners.

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