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Watchdogs monitor more bad machines

A DISASTROUS mess. That, in a nutshell, is the picture painted by field reports obtained by PCIJ from poll watchdogs National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) and Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) regarding the pilot testing of the Voter Registration Verification Machines (VRVMs) during the May 13, 2019 …

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A billion-peso blunder: 6 in 10 machines to verify voters conked out, not used at all

By Karol Anne M. Ilagan and Malou Mangahas                                                                                       Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism THE MAY 2019 elections have been declared to be fraud-free by both election officials and watchdogs, but by all indications, its conduct and process were not entirely fault-free. Thus far, a few flaws have been exposed: Record …

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Vetting contractors

THE GOVERNMENT awards a contractor-bidder a contract if its bid amount has been evaluated and found to be the “lowest calculated bid.” The bid will be subjected next to post-qualification, which involves verifying if it has complied with the requirements listed below. Complying with these prerequisites makes the bid “responsive.” …

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Top 10 contractors under DU30 run record of fraud, delays, blacklisting

By Karol Ilagan and Malou Mangahas, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism   THREE HAD been suspended or blacklisted, including one for submitting fake tax clearance certificates. One had its corporate registration revoked. The officers of four others are facing trial for alleged graft. Two have direct connections to politicians, some others …

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