By Aries Joseph Hegina
The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday defended the lone bidder who won the P21 million contract to deploy security guards to man the gates and offices of Camp Crame in Quezon City, the national headquarters of the PNP, saying that the bidder followed guidelines provided under Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has been urged to ban Smartmatic-TIM from bidding to supply some 23,000 additional precinct count optical scan or PCOS machines, worth over P2 billion, and servicing the 82,000 units bought earlier from the company, which will cost the government another P1.2 billion.
By Tetch Torres-Tupas
The Supreme Court has already opened the bidding for the architectural and engineering design for a state-of-the-art facility for the Manila Hall of Justice.
By Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
The bidding for the second phase of construction of the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) failed after the controversial contractor, Hilmarc’s Construction Corp. (HCC), withdrew from the equally controversial pet project of Senate President Franklin Drilon and the winner was subsequently disqualified.
By Nestor Corrales
, Tetch Torres-Tupas
Graft and plunder charges were filed against Senate President Franklin Drilon, Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson and other Department of Public Works and Highways officials before the Ombudsman Wednesday in connection with the allegedly overpriced construction of the Iloilo Convention Center.