Senator Imee Marcos said on Thursday that the Department of Budget and Management – Procurement Service (DBM-PS) had accredited “strange” suppliers for the purchase of medical equipment when the pandemic began in 2020.
In an interview with the ANC, Marcos named four suppliers allegedly solicited by the DBM-PS for the supply of medical equipment, including a construction and development company.
“There are all kinds of weird vendors, clearly the DBM-PS accredited people that we’ve never heard of before,” she said.
“Of course, pinakanamamayagpag sa lahat, Sunwest Construction, bakit ‘yung building and construction na kumpanya, biglang nagiging supplier of medical equipment. Talaga of Nakakapagtaka. A really strange list, ”she added.
(The company that stood out was Sunwest Construction. Why did a building and construction company suddenly become a supplier of medical equipment. It’s really suspicious. A really strange list.)
In addition to the Sunwest Construction and Development Corporation, Marcos said that the DBM-PS has accredited the following companies:
- Bowman Technologies, Inc.
- Nikka Trading
- Pharmaceutical company
At Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corporation alone, the lawmaker declared that more than 9 billion pesos of contracts had been awarded by the DBM-PS.
She also questioned the company’s compliance with the procurement rules set by law.
“For this company … they have no records … in terms of medical supplies, no history or capacity history.” Kasi can (there should be a precedent) most important contract, you should have had a huge contract in the past to justify giving an even bigger contract in the present, ”Marcos said.
“But there is no past kasi ang bago-bago ng kumpanya kaya nakakapagtaka (the company was created quite recently. That is why we are curious about this)”, she added.
According to Marcos, Pharmally was incorporated in 2019 and reported in its sales a value of 9 billion pesos of negotiated government contracts.
GMA News Online asked for comment from DBM official Tina Rose Canda on Marcos’ claims, but said she would publish a response later today after attending a hearing in the House of Representatives.
Marcos was one of the senators who questioned the transfer of 42.4 billion pesos in funds to DBM-PS for the purchase of personal protective equipment, including face masks and face shields in 2020.
Lawmakers also questioned the lack of a memorandum of understanding on transferring funds from DOH to DBM-PS for the purchase of medical supplies.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and former DBM-PS chief Christopher Lloyd Lao tried to justify the transfer of funds without the MOA.
Nonetheless, Duque said they would be content to develop and sign the MoU with DBM-PS, as recommended and guided by the Audit Commission.—Hana Bordey / AOL, GMA News