Exclusive: Who’s the winner in COMELEC automation bidding?

May 19, 2009 § Leave a comment

Sources say the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has already decided on who will handle the automated elections in 2010 and it’s definitely the group of SMARTmatic/TIM. And you know who’s behind this group? SmartMatic/TIM is the group of Cezar Quiambao and this brilliant financial cum funds wizard named Ernest Villareal. Sounds familiar?

Well, yes. Villareal is actually the “shadow” that lends weight in every deal entered into by the highly popular bunch of golfers under the First Golfer Group. Who is Cezar Quiambao? Quiambao is a businessman who in 2007 faced a complaint after asking for transparency in the bidding for the SLEX. He was chairman of the Star Infrastructure Development Corporation/Star Tollway Corporation before the Supreme Court declared his being chairman non-legal. Quiambao also managed Stradcom, the tech company which bagged the highly controversial contracts of the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Registration Authority (LRA) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

Quiambao also created CITRA, which constructs those highways and roads which we normally use in the provinces and Metro Manila. He’s reportedly a big time broker who is very close to the pro-Arroyo generals. He’s also a “miracle maker” who secures 10 billion peso worth of projects through a very expansive network of government and non-government officials. In some projects, he teamed up with Wellex of plastics king William Gathalian. Quiambao’s hand work is all over Pacifica, which the SEC suspended their trading activities. Mrs. Arroyo mentioned Cezar Quiambao as a businessman who “helped realize the dreams of government to construct roads” in 2002. Quiambao is reportedly very, very close to the First Gentleman. Now, who is behind Quiambao? Quarters whisper the name of Ernest Villareal.

Villareal, as everybody knows, is a very close associate of First Gentleman Mike Arroyo. Question—do we still expect a very honest, clean and graft-free elections in 2010? Your guess is as good as mine. Villareal is involved in the Diosdado Macapagal highway scam.

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