Lawmakers mull probe vs police’s anomalous deal-A A +A
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
TWO lawmakers are pushing for an investigation on the P1-billion license deal that the Philippine National Police (PNP) entered into with a company allegedly without going through proper public bidding.
Cagayan de Oro Representative RufusRodriguez (2nd district) and Abante Mindanao party-list Representative Maximo Rodriguez Jr. jointly filed House Resolution 2481 that seeks for an investigation on the alleged anomalous deal.
The resolution cited that the PNP signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Nanjing Industrial Tools and Equipment Co. last March 2010 for the printing of license cards for the service firearms of police officers and security guards over a 15-year period.
The MOA, signed by Luizo Ticman, then PNP Director for Logistics, and Romeo Macapinlac, president of Nanjing, was approved by then Chief PNP Jesus Versoza.
Under the MOA, Nanjing would print the license cards at P150 each with the average of 21,818 cards per month for PNP’s Firearms and Explosives Division (FED) and 20,245 cards per month for its Supervisory Office for Security Agencies amounting to P1.1357 billion over the 15-year contract.
However, the contract entered between the PNP and Nanjing allegedly had not gone through bidding procedures and contained some irregularities.
Representative Rufus said that under Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act, “All procurement shall be done through competitive bidding.”
He said this applies to the procurement of infrastructure projects, goods and consulting services, regardless of source of funds, whether local or foreign, by all branches and instrumentalities of governments, offices and agencies, including government-owned and controlled corporations and local government units.
“The contract also allegedly contains unclear provisions and one of those is that the P150 fee for the license card be paid directly to Nanjing without a standard government payment order,” the lawmaker added.
Because of this, the two lawmakers said there is a need to look into this contract and determine why it did not go through proper bidding procedures.
They said this is also to determine how to strengthen RA 9184 in order to protect public funds.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on June 27, 2012.