MANILA — A lawmaker has called for a congressional investigation of the alleged irregularity involving the acquisition of 1,865 patrol jeeps for the Philippine National Police (PNP).
In House Resolution 1978, Rep. Samuel D. Pagdilao (Partylist, ACT-CIS) urged the House Committee on Public Order and Safety to investigate an alleged rigging of the bidding process involving some PNP officials and the owner of the Columbian Motors, which supplied the patrol jeeps.
Pagdilao asked the House body to invite during the public hearing the officials of the PNP Bids and Awards Committee and the Columbian Motors executives.
According to Pagdilao, the Columbian Motors was the only bidder allowed to participate in the bidding process by the PNP Bids and Awards Committee, which did not announce the date of the pre-bid, technically disallowing other interested parties to join the bidding.
“The bidding for the PNP single cab patrol jeeps obviously favored the Columbian Motors which supplied the PNP Mahindra Bolero brand. It brings back to public mind of the corruption ridden purchase of Raven I Helicopters and patrol boats which has tainted the integrity of the PNP,” Pagdilao said.
“There is a need to establish clear cut policy that will discourage some unscrupulous individuals or group from rigging biddings and prevent a repeat of similar incidents in the future,” Pagdilao stressed.
Pagdilao said there were possible irregularities in the acquisition of the Mahindra Bolero particularly the technical qualifications that helped the Columbian Motors to qualify for the acquisition process.
Pagdilao said the Bids and Awards Committee also divided the acquisition process of the 1,865 units of patrol jeeps into two tranches.
The first tranche consisted of 930 patrol jeeps with a budget of P920 million and the second tranche was for 945 units with a budget of P945 million.
“The House committee should recommend proactive guidelines on the acquisition of equipment of the police organization in relation to the PNP reorganization and modernization law,” Pagdilao said.
The co-authors of the measure are Reps. Romeo M. Acop (2nd District, Antipolo City), Leopoldo N. Bataoil (2nd District, Pangasinan), Francisco Ashley L. Acedillo (Partylist Magdalo) and Gary C. Alejano (Partylist Magdalo).