The Philippine National Police welcomed on Tuesday the complaint filed by two losing bidders in the P1.2-billion contract for the supply of handguns, as it expressed confidence in defending the agreement entered into with Trust Trade Philippines.
Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr., PNP spokesman, said the PNP can clarify the issues being raised before the Office of the Ombudsman by Roferma Enterprises and Kolonwel Trading, two of the losing bidders in the acquisition of nearly 60,000 pistols for the PNP.
On Monday, Roferma Enterprises and Kolonwel Trading, through their respective presidents, Romulo Maningding and Peter Go Cheng, filed graft complaints against PNP Director General Nicanor Bartolome and other senior PNP officials involved in the procurement process.
Cerbo said the court is the proper venue to put this issue to rest with finality and “we view this as an opportunity to clarify everything and close this chapter once and for all.”
“As far as the PNP is concerned, this particular contract is most thoroughly transparent and most advantageous for government such that an unprecedented savings of P200 million was generated from this particular transaction,” Cerbo said.
With the complaint against top PNP officials, notwithstanding, the contract to supply the PNP with 59,904 units of Glock 17 Gen 4 pistols is now a “perfected contract,” duly approved as a binding instrument that both PNP and the suppliers are bound by law to respect, he stressed.
Cerbo assured the entire procurement process is consistent with the provisions of the revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 9184, or the Government Procurement Reform Act, contained in the Handbook on Philippine Government Procurement.
“This particular procurement program, the biggest in recent years and most advantageous for government, shall henceforth set the standard for transparency and accountability in future procurement programs,” Cerbo said.
The chief PNP has affirmed a contract earlier entered into by the PNP with Trust Trade Philippines and Glock Asia for the supply of 59,904 units of Glock 17 Generation 4 pistols at a unit cost of P16,659.94
Upon approval of contract, Trust Trade Philippines is given 570 days to complete delivery of the entire order in five tranches.
Initial delivery of the first 12,000 units is expected sometime in February 2013. Thereafter, two succeeding deliveries are due every 120 calendar days, and two more deliveries in the last 180 days of the delivery period.