MANILA - Election ballots that will be used for the May 13 midterm polls were delivered to the capital's city hall on Sunday, with some watchdogs raising the flag on 2 torn seals.
Two trucks delivered ballots contained in 1,502 boxes from the National Printing Office.
The trucks arrived past 12 a.m. but it took around 5 hours to unload the boxes.
Some city employees and representatives of political parties who monitored the delivery noted an alleged tear in the sticker sealing one of the boxes, as well as the removal of a seal for the lock of the truck cargo hold.
These should be reported in a letter to the Commission on Elections, said Manila OIC treasurer Josephine Daza, who oversaw the delivery.
The local Comelec officer was informed of the delivery over the phone, but there is no need for one to be present since the city treasurer was deputized to receive the boxes, she said.
The boxes were covered in plastic after they were placed in 3 rooms at the treasurer's office.
The doors to the rooms were sealed with packing tape and Manila paper signed by representatives of local political parties.
Similar seals were also placed in windows, cabinets and other possible openings leading to the room.
Daza said the treasurer's office would be subject to round-the-clock security by their staff and Manila police.
"Sigurado tayo na magiging secured ang ating mga balota," she said.
"Aside from those policemen, may representative ang bawat political party na mag-observe dito, 24 hours din sila. But they are not allowed inside during night. During day, kami po ay magwo-work sa loob, but each political party representative is allowed to observe inside to be transparent."
(Each political party would have a representative to observe here, for 24 hours also. During the day, we will work inside.)
The ballots are expected to be distributed to Manila's 6 legislative districts and released to the precincts before Election day.