VICE President Jejomar Binay allegedly got P1.26 billion in kickbacks from three service contracts entered into by the Makati City government with several companies owned by his suspected dummies.
This was based on the initial findings of the Makati City General Services Department that were presented on Wednesday during a hearing of the Senate blue ribbon sub-committee on allegedly anomalous transactions in Makati City involving Binay.
Violeta Lazo, officer-in-charge of the Makati General Services Department (MGSD), in her presentation said they found four red flags in transactions on Makati City’s Information Technology (IT), Janitorial and Security Services contract from 2004 to 2015 amounting to P5.06 billion.
Based on records presented to the Senate panel, from 2008 to 2014 Makati City allotted a total of P926.4 million for IT services, which involve maintenance of the computer system at City hall; P2.30 billion for janitorial services from 2005 to 2014; and P2.38 billion for security services from 2005 to 2014.
Lazo, during the hearing, disclosed that the Makati City government awarded the three service contracts to the same companies for the past ten years and 92 percent of the contracts went to one or two companies.
For the IT service contracts, Codeworks and Poweklink got 57 percent (P526,536,000) and 35 percent (P322,155,675) respectively.
Listed as incorporators of Codeworks were Marguerite Lichnock, Lily Crystal and Mitzi Sedillo, all connected to Gerardo Limlingan, one of Binay’s trusted men.
Lichinock is the wife of Limlingan while Crystal and Sedillo worked as his confidential assistants.
Powerlink has Limlingan, Edgardo Lacson and Hirene Lopez as officers. They all have links to the Vice president.
Lacson works as consultant on trade and finance of the Vice President while Lopez is the wife of Tomas Lopez, president of the University of Makati and a recent appointee to the Board of Trustees of Pag-IBIG fund.
Of the P2.3 billion janitorial services contract, Lazo said, Omni Security and Corporate Solution Management and General Services (CSMGS) got 83 percent of the P1.9-billion contract.
Omni, which include Lichinock and Lopez as directors, got a total of 1.33 billion from 2005 to 2012 while CSMGS got P570 million from 2013 to 2015.
Omni security also cornered P1.7 billion or 71 percent of the security services contract from 2005 to 2014.
Lazo said they also found that companies who won the contracts have the same owners like Omni and CSMGS, which both have Lopez, Bernadette Portallano and Aida Alcantara as incorporators.
The MGSD also suspects collusion in the bidding process for the security services because Omni Security and Vican Security are the only companies competing for the contract.
They also learned that one of the representatives of Vican is also one of the owners of Omni who is Alcantara.
From the P5.6 billion worth of service contracts, Binay allegedly got more than P1.2 billion in kickbacks, according to engineer Mario Hechanova, former head of the MGSD.
In a separate presentation, Hechanova said at least P648 million was earned from the security services and another P612 million from janitorial services in 10 years.
The amount was drawn from the alleged “ghost” personnel, which was estimated to be 10 percent of the total number of declared employees in the security and janitorial services.
But Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th said the amount may be even higher because the figures do not include the earnings from the IT services.
Also during the hearing, the head of the Makati Action Center revealed that 40 percent of the senior citizens enrolled in city’s Blu card program were ghost beneficiaries, based on a survey conducted in seven villages in the city.
Arthur Cruto said they recently completed their surveys in five barangay– Carmona, Singkamas, Santa Cruz, South Cembo and Cembo.
Cruto added that they found that an average of 41 percent of senior citizens listed on the official record of the Makati Social Welfare and Development were either not included in the voter’s list of the Commission on Elections or not found in their given addresses.
He said that based on the MSWD record, the number of registered senior citizens in
Makati is bigger that than national average of senior citizens.
The Philippine Statistics Authority’s 2010 data showed that there are 6.26 million senior citizens out of 92.1 million Filipinos.
But in Makati City, there is a total of 67,429 registered senior citizens or about 12 percent of the total population of the city.