De Lima seeks probe into Comelec's logistics contract for 2022 elections

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 22) — Detained Senator Leila de Lima is urging Congress to look into the awarding of a logistics contract for next year's general elections to a firm linked to a businessman known to be a friend of President Rodrigo Duterte

"There is a need to avoid any semblance of conflict of interest and ensure that no supplier that participated in partisan political activities should be awarded with contracts connected to the conduct of our national and local elections... Any transaction or contract that would erode public trust in government, and in the objectivity of civil service, must be put under the strictest scrutiny," de Lima said in a statement Sunday.

De Lima said F2 Logistics Philippines, Inc. is "largely controlled" by Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy who supported Duterte in his 2016 presidential bid.

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"F2 supposedly bested three other firms that qualified out of eight participating companies. As the winning bidder, the firm is expected to deliver equipment and supplies such as vote-counting machines, external batteries and accessories, consolidation or canvassing system machines, transmission equipment and devices, and ballots," de Lima's statement said.

The senator said if conflict of interest is proven, those who took part in it should be made to answer for their actions.

"This issue should not be taken lightly especially when an apparent majority control over many industries that affect the lives and rights of Filipinos are concentrated in the same hands and within the same circle of those who are closely connected to the President," she added.

Uy has not issued a comment on de Lima's statement.