‘Joey’ unmasked, to face blue ribbon probe

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HERE’S “JOEY” The helicopter deal whistle-blower codenamed “Joey” with Robert Rice, president of Rice Aircraft Services Inc., the firm that was awarded the P1.2-billion contract. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

“Joey”—the anonymous source who helped The Manila Times uncover the Defense department’s allegedly anomalous acquisition of 21 combat utility helicopters–is a she.

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Rhodora Alvarez, who claims to be privy to how officials of the Department of National Defense (DND) transacted business with a North American joint venture that won the P1.2 billion contract for the choppers, had requested The Times to keep her identity under wraps until such time that she is ready to come out and reveal everything she knows about the alleged anomaly.

It was Alvarez, a government employee, who requested that she be identified in The Manila Times series as a male person code-named “Joey.”

“This is it,” she exclaimed as she held a copy of a letter inviting her to attend today’s hearing of the Senate blue ribbon committee on the issue. The invitation bore her real name.

Sen. Jose Victor Ejercito, a member of the blue ribbon panel who authored the Senate resolution that called for an inquiry, also on Tuesday announced Alvarez’s appearance in today’s hearing.

Ejercito had met Alvarez before the resolution was filed after The Times published a series of stories in March that was based on documents and Alvarez’s narrative.

Alvarez is expected to come face to face with defense and military officials, some of whom were tagged as having a hand in the anomaly, when the blue ribbon convenes at 10 a.m.
Her inclusion as a “resource person” was pushed by Ejercito and Sen. Francis Escudero, who also authored a resolution calling for a probe of the military’s modernization program.

“This is the moment we’ve been waiting for. I will discuss how these officials managed to skirt around our laws to fill their pockets at the expense of our lowly soldiers. I pity the pilots who would fly those defective choppers, if ever they could fly,” Alvarez told The Manila Times.

Robert Rice, president of Rice Aircraft Services Inc., which partnered with Eagle Copter Ltd when it vied for the contract,was also invited to the hearing.

“I will tell how they pulled it off and who stands to benefit if the project pushed through,” “Joey” said.

A similar call for an investigation was also initiated at the House of Representatives in March.

Cngressmen Samuel Pagdilao (ACT-CIS party-list), Leopoldo Bataoil of Pangasinan, and Romeo Acop of Antipolo City–all retired police generals–asked the House to look into the deal, saying the helicopters were obsolete and the transaction was done in bad faith.

“Instead of terminating the project, the DND allowed the supplier to continue with the delivery of the helicopters despite its violations and conspicuous disadvantages, which are inimical to the modernization of the AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines],” they said.

Alvarez initially revealed how the bidding process for the helicopter acquisition project was rigged and tailor-fitted to favor the joint venture.

The P1.2-billion contract was originally considered as an “emergency procurement” in 2012 for use in the 2013 elections.

After a “failed” bidding, the contract was eventually awarded to the joint venture through negotiation in December 2013.

The model type of the helicopter was allegedly altered from the original UH-1H to just UH-1 to enable the joint venture to offer its stock of UH-1D helicopters, which are said to be an older and phased-out models in the UH-1 series.

Since then, only 10 helicopters were shipped to the Philippines among which only seven were “accepted” by the Philippine Air Force (PAF).

Alvarez claimed that not one of the helicopters delivered was “mission capable” because of a number of technical defects found by PAF inspectors.

“If the choppers were mission capable, they could have already been used at the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda or during the infamous Mamasapano incident. Also, none of the helicopters was used during the recent campaign against the BIFF (Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters),” she said.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin ordered “partial” termination of the contract last March 25 because of the joint venture’s failure to deliver on time.
The contract was completely terminated in April.

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17 Comments

  1. what is a BIR employee doing getting involved with the procurement process anyway?

  2. “ANG MGA TAONG NANINIWALA SA SABI-SABE, WALANG BAIT SA SARILI”.
    Mag-research muna kayo bago maniwala agad sa sinasabi ng isang tao. Buti pa yung “Jose” na nag-comment, alam nya kung ano ang istorya ng issue na ito. Alamin nyo muna kung ano ang panig ng DND bago kayo humusga

  3. di ba retired na iyan eh bakit dyan pa siya sa pwesto kasi malakas kay Pinoy at di pwedeng bitawan ang transaction kasi kung iba ang malagay dyan masisilip ang transaction at makikita lahat ng record. FIRED HIM NOW (petition tayo) sobrang sinungaling ang taong iyan at gagamitin lahat connection makuha lang gusto. HE IS A BIG LIAR. Kilalang kilala ko iyan. kung gusto ninyo ng maayos na imbestigasyon ay tanggalin siya sa pwesto para makita lahat ng record sa mga anomalyang ginawa niya. May sweldo sa gobyerno may pension sa gobyerno may ebulsa virus pa. Sa susunod ako naman ang lalabas JOEY. FIGHT BASTA MAGSABI KA LANG NG TOTOO PARA DI MALIGAW ANG BANSA. ISA IYAN SA NAGBUHAT NG KABAONG NG DATING PANGULO CORY KAYA MALAKAS IYAN KAY PINOY. LALO NA TRANSACTION SA BARIL ALAM KO RIN AT NABALITAAN KO KUNG SINO ANG NAGDALA NG BARIL DITO SA PILIPINAS. PINALABAS NA HONEYMOON NG MAG-ASAWA KASI NAGKABALIKAN IYON PALA SI BABAE NAGPUNTA SA CEBU AT SI LALAKI AY KINUHA AT NAGDELIVER NA MGA BARIL DITO sa israel ba iyon daw galing PAKI CHECK RIN KUNG SINO ANG NAGSUSUPPLY NG OIL SA PAF? DIG DEEPER ANOMALYA NI MANALO.

  4. Bakit nasa picture siya kasama si Rice at ang sarap pa ng ngiti niya?

    Hindi ba siya nabigyan ng perang hinihingi niya kaya pumapapel. Empleyado siya ng Bureau of Customs, so ano ang alam niya sa mga helicopter?

    Ang D sa UH-1D ay nanghuhulugan na ang mga helicopter na ito ay gawa ng “Dornier” isang German company na binigyan lisensya ng original na kompanyang tagagawa nito.

  5. Tha’s a lot of taxpayers money being diverted to the pockets of DND officials. Joey, please don’t be cowed upon by intimidation of the three stooges who will protect the men of aKKKino in DND. Aling conching don’t be too shy to make a power point presentation with the help of AMLC. hehehehe. I know you will not do it for obvious reason.

  6. Firestarter on

    Ang kailangan talaga ay disciplina sa kawani ng ating gobyerno. Ang kakapal na ng mga mukha ng opisyal natin ngayon “Ang sabi nga nila hayaan mo nang murahin ka basta makapal ang bulsa mo”. Kailangan natin magkaroon ng mahigpit na pamamalakad at may kamay na bakal para tanggalin ang mga siraulo sa gobyerno. Ibalik ang death penalty para sa mga magnanakaw sa gobyerno. We must impose discipline if we want to succeed. The only key for progress is the faithful enforcement and execution of the law to suppress all lawless individuals in the society.

    REPLY
    E paano kung ang mga nakaupong opisyales–ang presidente, ang boss ng DND aty iba pa — ang mga corrupt at sinungaling? Sino ang magka-kamay na bakal?

  7. Now the House of Representatives is trying to be part of the action. The Lower House which can not be trusted with anything except for themselves is just like a washing machine. They wash everything which will come their way except instructions coming from their briber, PNoy. “Joey” or Rhodora Alvarez better not entertain any invitation from the Lower House because she might turn out to be the liar and the one guilty. These legislators are so good at fabricating anything to make the innocent, guilty.

    • anong kinalaman ni Binay sa kasong ito? sumusobra na ang paninilaw sa utak mo! wag ka ng mag post uli baka babalatan ko na ulo mo!

  8. Arwin Vendiola on

    good work joey. may God bless you. This is not just your fight. This is for all Filipinos paying taxes. Good luck also to the culprits. Sana makonsensya naman kayo. Maraming Pilipinong naghihirap dahil sa corruption sana wag nyo ng pahirapan pa ang kapwa nyo Pilipino….

    • eh bakit di pa natatanggal si MANALO dahil malakas siya kay PINOY. Isa akong simpleng tao pero nalumpo dahil sa kagagawaan ni MANALO at mga kasamahan niya. Now KARMA ka ngayon at may pakiramdam ka ba sa mga inapi mong tao noon gaya ng naramdaman namin noong ginamit mo lahat ng connection para kami lumpuhin. SHAME ON YOU MANALO. You want me to buried alive before and now the whole nation is keeping an eye on your wrong doing. You hide your own identity at ikaw pala ang mas malalim na masamang gawain but i PRAY and PRAY TO GOD and now this is my answer from the ONE ALMIGHTY. GOD BLESS.

    • Pero kailangan mag-ingat si Rhodora, may manga Judas at Poncio Pilato dyan sa Senado manga pangalan – Tonyo, Koko, Franklin, Teofisto, Alan, Villar, Chizl at iba pa.

  9. Calling Cesar Milan (dog whisperer), please talk some sense of dignity and delicadeza to PNoy’s “tuta” at the DND…
    Or is it Vicky Belos fault makakapal na ang mukha ng mga taong gobyerno ngayon?
    Bumuka sana ang lupang kinatatayuan niyo!!!

    • Sabi ni alias Apo Calis, sa ibang bansa daw pinaparusahan ang mga kawatan sa pamamagitan ng COLONOSCOPY.