Cedric Lee, the man accused of beating TV host and comedian Vhong Navarro, heads a company that won a contract to refurbish the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Izumo Contractors Inc., of which Lee is board chairman and president, had been awarded contracts for the repair the parapet walls, eaves, and elevated roadway of the NAIA Terminal 1.
The P150-million project, which started on October 2013, is funded by the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA). It is different from the Department of Transportation and Communications’ P1.3-billion rehabilitation of the Terminal 1.
Izumo boasts of handling major government infrastructure projects.
The MIAA ordered the repairs to address the concerns of the Airline Operators Council. Sections of the terminal’s ceiling and parapet walls had given way due to aging.
MIAA General Manager Jose Angel Honrado was quoted as saying that the damage to the parapet walls and eaves were due to the vibrations and echoes caused by aircraft.
Honrado said it would take around eight months to fix some 30,000 square meters of the ceiling surface.
A source in the airport said Izumo bagged the contract after it submitted the lowest bid last June.
The source did not say how many bidders vied for the contract.
Lee’s company is said to have also bidded for the repair of the NAIA runway.
His personal business profile showed that he was the managing director and shareholder of Colossal Mining Corporation, the biggest iron sand concessionaire in the Philippines; chairman and president of Phil-Asia Dredging and Reclamation Corp., the biggest dredging operation in Cagayan River; and the chairman and president of Waste Management Inc. which has a contract with the Cebu provincial government to manage their landfill and convert to waste-to-energy 20 megawatts.
According to the source, Cedric frequented NAIA to check on the project before he was implicated in the mauling of Navarro.
Lee and four others are in the Lookout Bulletin Order of the Bureau of Immigration (BI), which means they need clearance before they can leave the country.
His picture and that of his sister Bernice, and friend Deniece Cornejo have been posted at NAIA’s immigration booths.
BENJIE L. VERGARA