NPO officials charged with graft over bidding fraud
National Printing Office (NPO) Acting Director Emmanuel Andaya was formally charged before the Sandiganbayan for graft over the anomalous procurement of travel clearance certificates for the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) without the benefit of a public bidding.
According to the graft information sheet, Andaya and five others – Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) chair Sylvia Banda and BAC members Josefina Samson, Antonio Sillona, Bernadette Lagumen, and Ma. Gracia Enriquez – violated Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.
The charge sheet said in Nov. 2010, Andaya as director and head of procurement and the other respondents conspired with each other with evident bad faith, manifest partiality and gross inexcusable negligence by criminally awarding to Advance Computer Forms Inc. the contract for the printing of 1,000 NBI travel clearance certificates (TCC) worth P1.9 million.
The Office of the Special Prosecutor said that the contract, which pegged the price at P1,900 per box or P1.9 million for 1,000 boxes, was awarded “without conducting a competitive bidding or public bidding nor justified by the condition provided for by law and existing rules in resorting to alternative method of procurement.”
The prosecution said the absence of a public bidding violated the government procurement law and deprived the government the opportunity to obtain the lowest calculated bid, causing injury to government.
In indicting the officials, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales said Andaya approved the BAC resolution resorting to emergency procurement of the TCCs at P1,900 per box.
The accused also authorized the advance delivery of the TCCs before the issuance of a notice of award.
The Ombudsman said there were no conditions to justify the absence of public bidding and resort to the alternative mode of procurement.
Morales said “the conditions to resort the alternative methods of procurement are not empty words but were specifically crafted to guarantee that no personal preference is given to any supplier and that the government is given the best possible price for its procurement, especially since no public bidding is involved.” CDG
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