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Misamis Occidental Sanggunian seeks to probe DPWH district engineer

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Misamis Occidental Sangguniang Panlalawigan has filed two resolutions requesting Public Works Secretary Mark Villar and Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Greco Belgica to probe District 1 Engineer Maria David.

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan accused David of unjust awarding of contracts in public biddings on local infrastructure projects in Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental.

The said resolutions stemmed from a complaint by one of the losing bidders, who was allegedly disqualified for “highly trivial and unfair reasons.”

The same complaint claimed that a favored firm was awarded three different multi-million projects despite the fact that “their equipment is not sufficient to meet the requirements of even a one multi-million project”.

However, local reports and pundits claimed that there is a backstory behind these bids. Allegedly, the owner of the favored firm was supposed to run against an incumbent congressman, but backed out under the condition that future projects be awarded to his company.

One of the purported sweeteners of the “withdrawal deal” is that the favored firm would be paid progress billing fees, even though the projects were nowhere near the phase requirements.

While the resolution already reached the desk of the DPWH Secretary, there is still no indication if and when an investigation will be conducted.

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