The Commission On Elections (Comelec) has unanimously junked its plan to canvass the votes of the May 9 elections at the tent in Manila Hotel.
Comelec commissioner Rowena Guanzon said that they have decided to push through with the canvassing of votes in the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) which is "a government-owned and controlled corporation."
"It is a GOCC, and it can do all the civil works we require," Guanzon said.
The Comelec drew flak for this plan. This was also the case with the proposed P26.55-million ($574,300) "bib vest" uniforms for election inspectors, which the Comelec junked partly due to public outrage.
"If people think that it’s all about frivolity, then perhaps it would be enlightening if they could inquire deeper into the thing that they’re commenting on, rather than just engaging in knee-jerk reactions," Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said.
Jimenez added: "It’s very easy to stoke outrage using a few keywords. Just use words that people normally equate with luxury – for instance, like Manila Hotel. ‘Hotel, ergo luxury, ergo expensive.’ That’s not fair, right?"
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