Statement of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office on the Negotiated Bidding of Computers
[August 3, 2011]
Rep. Mitos Magsaysay has alleged that the PCDSPO leadership has procured 1.6 million pesos worth of laptops in a less-than-forthcoming manner. This is a lie, and reeks of malevolent intent and political machinations. It is a reckless statement by, of all people, a known ally of one of the most corrupt presidents this country has ever had.
Rep. Magsaysay, in her desperation, continues to fire blanks at the administration. Without even bothering to do elementary research, she attacked Sec. Carandang as payback for the Aquino administration’s relentless pursuit of those who have eroded the people’s trust in our institutions. We wish to remind her to first check her facts before opening her mouth as is her habit.
Here are the facts: The PCDSPO’s Bids and Awards Committee has always followed all government rules and regulations. In the case of the computers, two public biddings were conducted; these involved publication of the call for bids. The public biddings failed twice. The PCDSPO then proceeded with a negotiated purchase, as government rules stipulate. This required corresponding resolutions by the BAC, who holds meetings with a COA auditor present. All purchases were made at market prices with a scrupulous regard for the people’s money. Anyone who wishes to see the documents and receipts is welcome to do so.
Everyone in the PCDSPO joined government in order to help an administration that is sincerely trying to create a better country. They happily did so while sacrificing opportunities that would have been available to them in the private sector. To insinuate that the PCDSPO leadership tried to undermine processes for personal gain is an insult not only to the agency concerned, but to all those who are in government to serve and not to line their own pockets. Mitos Magsaysay has once again shown her incompetence as a political operative with her blatant disregard for the truth.