outbrain
Close  

P1B lost to overpriced PPE deals? File charges, Palace tells Hontiveros

/ 02:58 PM September 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Thursday called on Senator Risa Hontiveros to file appropriate charges if she has enough evidence to show that the government purchased five million imported personal protective equipment (PPEs) sets from the months of April to May which she tagged as “overpriced.”

In a televised Palace press briefing, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said President Rodrigo Duterte himself has cleared the issue about the supposed overpriced PPEs.

ADVERTISEMENT

He also explained that the government had “no choice” but to buy imported PPEs as local manufacturers are struggling to import raw materials to produce their products during that period when the purchases were made.

“Alam niyo pagdating sa overpricing ng PPE, nilinaw na po ‘yan ng Presidente doon sa isa niyang ulat sa bayan at talagang nagkaroon ng absolute transparency pagdating sa pagpurchase ng PPE,” Roque said.

FEATURED STORIES

“Isipin po natin pinurchase natin ‘yang PPE na ‘yan sa kasagsagan ng ating ECQ (enhanced community quarantine) at MECQ (modified ECQ) kung saan kakaunti pa rin po ang supply. ‘Yung mga panahon na ‘yun nagsisimula palang ang mga lokal na kumpanya na mag-produce ng PPE sa pamamagitan ng pag-angkat ng imported materials at dito ginagawa,” he added.

“So ‘yung mga panahon na yun wala naman tayong choice kundi bumili ng imported PPEs. So anyway, kay Senator Risa Hontiveros, bukas po ang Ombudsman, bukas po ang DOJ kung meron po kayong ebidensya magdemanda po kayo,” he went on.

Hontiveros earlier said the cost of the PPEs per the estimates of the Philippine General Hospital ranges from P1200 to P1500 but the sets procured by the Department of Budget and Management’s Procurement Service (PS-DBM) from foreign firms cost around P1700 to P2000.

The opposition senator noted that almost three million out of the five million sets of personal protective equipment that the DBM bought were from Chinese companies.

“Isang bilyon ang nawala sa kaban ng bayan. (P1 billion was lost) This is one billion pesos that could have gone to more PPEs, especially during a time when an increasing number of our health workers were dying because of inadequate protection,” Hontiveros said.

“Crucially, the one billion pesos could have also been allocated to increase the salaries of our health workers,” she added.

/MUF
ADVERTISEMENT

For more news about the novel coronavirus click here.
What you need to know about Coronavirus.
For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH Hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150.

The Inquirer Foundation supports our healthcare frontliners and is still accepting cash donations to be deposited at Banco de Oro (BDO) current account #007960018860 or donate through PayMaya using this link .

Read Next
EDITORS' PICK
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Coronavirus, corruption, COVID-19, Malacañang, overpricing, pandemic, Philippines, PPEs, Risa Hontiveros
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.