Pimentel seeks Senate probe on ‘large-scale’ scam at DPWH

Credit to Author: mfrialde| Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2019 05:59:11 +0000

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel is seeking a separate  Senate probe on the alleged “large-scale scam” in the procurement of infrastructure projects by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

The proposed inquiry was contained in Pimentel’s Senate Resolution No. 996 which was filed on Monday.

In the resolution, the senator cited the exposé of Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya that a single proprietor, C.T. Leoncio Construction and Trading,  had allegedly cornered multi-billion peso government contracts.

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Pimentel also cited data from the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System which showed that 333 government contracts worth P12.94 billion were awarded to C.T. Leoncio Construction and Trading from April 2011 to April 2018.

Of the total number of contracts, 275 (with a total worth P9.24 billion) were entered into by the government with C.T Leoncio alone while the remaining 58 (worth P3.7 billion) were the company’s projects in joint venture with other contractors

The resolution pointed out that 312 contracts worth a total of P12.35 billion were implemented by different regional, provincial, and district offices of the DPWH.

Andaya’s allegations are already being investigated at the House of Representatives.

“Similar instances  have been reported where certain contractors would bag several government infrastructure contracts worth billions of pesos,” Pimentel said in the resolution.

The senator again cited as example Katha Builders and Supplies, which allegedly cornered 49 contracts worth more than P1.6 billion by September last year, and R.C Tagala Construction (now registered as Syndtite Construction Corp.), which allegedly bagged P5.7 billion worth of contracts in 2016.

R.C Tagala was later on blacklisted by the DPWH, the resolution said.

Pimentel said the Senate probe was aimed at introducing possible changes to the procurement laws and process “if found necessary.”  /muf