• ‘Drivers’ license deal unconstitutional’


    A lawmaker will file a petition before the Supreme Court today seeking the nullification of the procurement of P836 million worth of driver’s license cards valid for five years, saying it had no appropriation from Congress.

    Lawyer Leo Romero told The Manila Times on Tuesday he would file the petition representing Overseas Filipino Workers party-list Rep. Aniceto John Bertiz 3rd.

    The deal was also anomalous, he claimed, as the winning bid’s amount was less than one percent of the approved budget, and the license cards did not follow specifications.

    The public bidding for the P836-million deal was supposedly marred by anomalies and irregularities after the Land Transportation Office’s (LTO) Bid and Awards Committee gave the contract to Dermalog-Netifix-CFP and disqualified the two lowest participating bidders “on unlawful grounds.”

    “The variance between the bids of the first lowest bidder and the third lowest bidder Respondent Dermalog-Netifix-CFP was in the amount of about P79-million which resulted in the irreparable loss, damage and injury to the Republic of the Philippines and the Filipino people,” the draft of the petition stated.

    Romero also noted that the required specification for the license cards included a hidden image with variable key information on the part of the driver’s ID picture, which was not found on the new license cards.

    “The least that the LTO should and must have done would have been the exercise of the reservation clause under [the Procurement Act]upon a finding that the winning bid will not redound to the greatest interest of the Republic of the Philippines,” Romero said.

    “However, it appears that the culpable officials of the LTO were in direct complicity with the syndicate out to defraud the Filipino people,” he added.

    The five-year license cards were rolled out in August this year, in a bid by the LTO to address the backlog from the previous administration.


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