Investigating bodies such as the Office of the Ombudsman and Department of Justice (DOJ) should be on the lookout for foundations, non-government organizations (NGO), and construction firms who benefited from the billions of “pork barrel” of legislators but has changed their names to avoid being investigated.
One example is Filbest Construction and Supplies Corp., which used to be Meditechtrade and Development Corp. and owned by Murphy Tansipek.
Filbest or Meditechtrade is now being investigated by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). The agency is trying to find out the whereabouts of the P4.6 billion infrastructure projects awarded to the company from 2000 to 2008.
Based on the records of DPWH, the amount awarded to Filbest or Meditechtrade came from the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) or “pork barrel” of some legislators.
“Actually, there’s nothing wrong with winning billions worth of government projects as long as it was won through a fair and square bidding,” said a former bids and awards committee official of the DPWH.
Unfortunately, Filbest, who only possesses a single “A” constructor license, is not qualified to bid for billions worth of government projects.
According to the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB), contractors with single “A” licenses are only allowed to do projects worth P50 million and below.
Bidders for bigger projects must possess “AAA” license.
Therefore, Filbest should not have gotten the billions worth of DPWH projects.
Since 2010, DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson has been after the company to account for the P4.6 billion funds intended for road construction and repair.
Filbest has not replied despite Singson’s repeated demands.
Could it be that Meditechtrade did not get the order from DPWH since it has already changed its name to Filbest?
Wise move Mr. Tansipek.
Paging Justice Secretary Leila Delima and Ombudsman Conchita Morales!
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Vitangcol lying through his teeth?
I cannot believe that MRT General Manager Al Vitangcol still has the guts to say that the bribery accusations made by Czech Ambassador Josef Rychter against him and several other officials is politically motivated.
Rychter said Vitangcol and another official asked Inekon, a Czech company, for $30 million in exchange for an MRT contract that involved the procurement of coaches.
When Inekon refused the alleged extortion, Inekon was blacklisted by the DOTC as a supplier or contractor.
Vitangcol now challenges Rychter to come up with evidence to back up his claim and face the MRT boss in court.
One wonders, what would Ambassador Rychter gain if he makes false accusations and tell lies against a lowly Philippine government official like Vitangcol who is not even part of the decision making hierarchy of the country?
So, who’s telling the truth? Your guess is as good as mine.