Apparently, quite a number of President Noynoy’s cronies are still following the trail of the old “crooked path,” particularly at the Department of National Defense (DND).

One crony who is a fixture at Camp Aguinaldo is a contractor called “Jo Magcayle,” who figured in several questionable procurement of defective equipment for the Philippine Army (PA).

Magcayle is reportedly a contractor favored by DND officials in all types of contracts, including the supply of multi-million peso worth of “ready-to-eat” meals for the Army.

In 2010, she is said to have supplied the Army with mortars that turned out to be defective, which resulted in the death of several troopers in Basilan when their mortars failed to fire at the advancing Moro rebels.

Despite supplying the military with defective hardware, “Jo Magcayle” surprisingly has not been disqualified or banned from participating in the bidding for the supply of military equipment.

In 2013, “Jo Magcayle” failed to deliver the much-needed bulletproof vests for Army troopers battling with the loyal supporters of MNLF Commander Nur Misuari during the Zamboanga siege. MNLF snipers killed several soldiers during that weeklong firefight.

The AFP has been demanding for a refund of the money she got for the body undelivered armour, to the tune of over P100 million. However, she reportedly continues to ignore the demands of the General Headquarters or GHQ. Again, she was not given any sanctions by the bids and awards committee.

And last year, she was also involved in the failed bidding for the supply of bulletproof vests for the entire AFP, when her credentials and compliance of documentary requirements were questioned.

To cut the story short, a more deserving contractor won in the bidding.

But guess what, the DND project was scrapped because the funds earmarked for the bulletproof vests were found “missing,” diverted to another project.

This only goes to show that the diversion of public funds, such as the P880 million intended for the shipping of 114 M113 APCs donated by the US government, is common at the DND.

“Jo Magcayle” should be summoned before the Blue Ribbon Committee to explain why she should not be charged in court for delivering defective military equipment, including her failure to deliver much needed hardware for the troops in the war zone.

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Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and his cohorts have found a convenient defense or alibi against an impending Senate inquiry into DND’s anomalous procurement contracts since 2010.

They are saying now that Sen. Chiz Escudero and Sen. JV Ejercito are merely “grandstanding” in pushing for a probe on the DND transactions as part of their 2016 positioning.

Sen. Escudero chairs the Senate Committee on Finance while Sen. Ejercito filed the resolution seeking a Senate investigation into these questionable deals.

Why, these conspirators at Camp Aguinaldo have the guts to accuse the two senators of grandstanding for taking action on the discovery of these DND anomalies.

The purchase of defective UH-1D helicopters and overpriced M113 tanks are but two of many dubious contracts that Gazmin approved.

Instead of giving a flimsy alibi, Gazmin should welcome the Senate investigation as an opportunity to clear his name.

To avoid being labelled as incompetent, the defense secretary must respond to reports alleging that a “son” of his has brokered a number of sweetheart deals that the DND entered into in the past four years.

We would welcome Gazmin’s response or explanation on this issue, which is said to be an “open secret” at Camp Aguinaldo.

The latest of the alleged sweetheart deals is the procurement of 28 overpriced M113 armored personnel carriers (APCs) from Israel for P880 million. It turned out that the M113s were “third-hand,” or used tanks that the United States donated to Belgium, and later sold to Israel.

Gazmin’s son allegedly closed the deal where the DND paid P31.4 million for each of the World War II vintage junks.

The P880 million funds allegedly used for this transaction was originally earmarked for the transportation and refurbishment cost of the 114 M113s donated by the US.

Department of Budget and Management officials must also explain why it allowed the diversion of funds (not a US grant as earlier reported) for this questionable procurement. The money could have been used instead for the shipment of the 114 APCs given free by the US.

The broker who pushed this juicy DND deal must be very influential.

Who would laugh at a kickback of P88 million (10 percent of P880 million)?

I don’t think Sen. Escudero and Sen. Ejercito will see this gross abuse of discretion and technical malversation by DND officials as a laughing matter.


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    • Ikabod Bubwit on

      Don’t blame the Filipinos !!! It is the system of corruption that is imposed by US imperialism that is mainly to blame. But I admit that Filipinos are, like evreybody else, no angels !!!

  1. Mabuti pa itong si Sen.Chiz at JV at iimbistagahin itong kurakot na DND mafia organization headed by Godfather Gazmin,itong si Sen.Trillanes e tahimik lang dito e baka may cut siya dito.Kaya sardinas lang ang kinakain ng tropa natin sa field.Dapat itali ang mga kurakot na ito sa harap ng 105 howitzer and fire for effect.Matuwid na daan is a hoax.

    • Have you forgotten, it was Trillanes who led the “Oakwood” mutiny. Crying corruption at DND which was then headed by Angie Reyes et al.
      Reyes, out of conscience or guilt, chose the “honorable” (?) path. Others, ran for public office and won. And, is now richer by a few millions!
      That is answer your curiousity my fellowmen?

    • It’s an old M.O. modus operandi
      “Rattle the cage… get a bone!” Magiingay ng konti as if tunay na mka-bayan… then, for the right price (or prize) or position, OK na!
      From the mouth of his former ka-baro, DOBLE CARA yang si Tri… na yan!

    • Tignan mo lang sa mata ang tao makikita mo na kung sincero at totoo! Tignan mo na rin ang bank book… Lifestyle check!!!

  2. Nakahiya kayo! Ang Kakapal ng mukha ninyo! Hindi niyo na binigyan pahalaga mga pangalan ng mga magulang niyo at mga anak niyo!
    “Pinayaman niyo nga sila, galing naman sa MASAMA!” Tapos galit kayo sa mga “snatchers” at “mandurukot”… mga Hypocrites!!!

  3. So the questions begging to be answered are, Does the Secretary of Defense have any clue at all about these irregularities for the last many years? Did he ever took notice that at his salary, Velez owns a burger franchise and a Ducati motorcycle? Did he ever question the wisdom of securing choppers that are at best not suited for our “theater of war”- a former military m as n himse kmi f?

  4. Please BEWARE of their style… they will bribe you with money and “women” – achilles heel ng mga officers ng AFP… kahit ng matatanda na (lalo na!)
    Style din nilang i-treat sa mga hotel’s etc. mga inuuto nilang mga opisyal- mostly mga majors, colonels atbp.
    Source: BAC

  5. Devil’s trinity po yan: VJM
    Velez, “Jo” & Manalo
    Just ask mga military liason’s ng Airforce at Marines… yung hindi pa na-laLASON ng pera!
    Open Secret nga ito… matagal na!
    Ngayon lang may nakonsensya at lakas-loob

  6. Sir Erwin, paki dagdag po sa “bala” niyo itong latest update from our friends at DND and AFP.
    BFF po ni Patrick Velez yang Jo M. na yan! They go many years back… kaya kahit “talo” dapat sa bidding panalo pa rin. Tsaka, ang mabigat pa daw po dyan, may kakampi silang, MANALO na usec din.

  7. I Remember... on

    GMA’s husband was not honest…. really???? Now it seems to be the best ever organized groups ever!

  8. Ah…DND Secretary pala yung matandang maputi ang buhok…..?

    Kala ko TRIKE DRIVER ni Pnoy… walang kadating-dating…corrupt pa pala!

    Si Tatang naman…

  9. Sa DND ( Datung na Datung ) who care basta mag ka pera lang Brand New o 2nd hand ang bibilhin na Armas o aircraft..

  10. I hate to say it but corruption is in some Filipinos DNA. It does not matter who you are; it is ingrained in their blood; couple this with greediness will complete the circle.

  11. nilo imperial on

    Im for pres noynoy but i dont think he should be keeping gasmin as his SND.

  12. “Jo Magcayle” is WELL-KNOWN to quite a few officers and certainly NOT a gentleman. But most recently, her taste have turned to undersecretaries. But, her motivation remains the same: KWARTA!
    Note: Not sure if the wives of these officers have met her (uso na naman yun. d ba?)

  13. Guillermo Hernandez on

    Dear Filipinos,

    Stop your pointless yakking and belly-aching !

    The country is being raped front,back and center by this idiot ” presiident” and den of thieves in high government positions. And what do you do : 1. Keep fiddling with your
    Cellphones and 2. Wait in anticipation for the May 2 bout of Pacman and Mayberry.

    All of you deserve this idiotic and criminal ” president ” and cabal of thieves in the government.

  14. I hope Napoles-type contractors/facilitators who cause loss of lives because of defective equipment and their insider partners get their just desserts in this life as well as the next !
    It is only right and just.

  15. “Pag walang corrupt, walang mahirap”
    Mali! Kapag puro KAIBIGAN, mas laganap ang KALOKOHAN!!!
    PROVE the people WRONG. DO what is RIGHT!

  16. “Oakwood” mutiny was a leaking dike of then Sec. A. Reyes. These “UH 1” fiasco is Gazmin’s broken dam.
    Sadly, Oakwood’s leak was “fixed” -making some rich and run for and won (?) public office. Sana naman, this time, MADAGANAN NA ang dapat MADAGANAN!!!

  17. Do we have a Secretary of Defense???? parang walang alam 0 aksyon lamang tungkol sa pamamalakad sa kanyang Departamento..Baka masmagaling pa yung
    master sergeant…He should resign now…wala naman ginagawa..

    • Master sgt. ng Liberia ang magaling na nanguna sa coup noong 80’s laban sa kanilang presidente dito sa Pinas walang balls ang mga ganyan.

  18. Sa mga Sundalo at Opisyal na Filipino. Graduates of the once “prestigious” and “honorable” PMA. TIME to ask yourselves, what has become of the code by which you swore allegiance. Better yet, what has become of YOU…
    The Filipino people are not asking you to raise ARMS. All they ask of you is to RAISE your VOICES against these people who killed your “mistahs” at the battlefield… TAMA NA! MADAMI NA ang namatay ng dahil sa mga “ganid” sa gobyerno at negosyo.

  19. Do the Math: may ko-kontra at maninira at magsasabing hindi totoo yung alam ng MARAMI… at may mananahimik at de-dead ma at WALANG NAKIKITA O NABABASA… mayroon din naman maninindigan, yung “walang kama kamag-anak, kumpadre at kaibi-kaibigan” yung mga pinagbabantaan pero hindi alinlangan ang susunod na halalan…

  20. Long-live the TRUTH!
    To the rising voices of the decent men & women of the DND BAC and the long,-insulted officers of the AFP… let’s end this pandemic that has crippled our right to Self-Defense and “integrity” as a nation.
    Speak NOW or forever suffer in silence!