At about 10:55 am, a man called the office and, in a hurried tone of voice, announced that the COMELEC would be blown up. He hung up. Moments later, he called again, this time spouting invectives but nothing more. Then, at around 11:05, he called again, this time explicitly saying that the (COMELEC Building) would be blown up “at 11 o’clock.”
His watch must’ve been slow.
A search of the building, conducted with bomb-sniffing doggies, turned up no bomb (yes, the image is there for aesthetic purposes only).
In less dramatic news …
The pre-bid conference for the automation of the ARMM elections went pretty smoothly. 11 potential bidders showed up and asked their clarificatory questions. The deadline for submission of bids will be on the 10th of March 2008.
The automation of the ARMM elections is an important preparatory step to the automation of the 2010 National and Local Elections. The COMELEC is aiming to use Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) technology – the kind that uses touch-screen voting and the like – for Maguindanao and Optical Mark Reader (OMR) technology – using paper ballots – everywhere else.