By Emmie Abadilla
The police arrested on Thursday a couple of bidders for the M’Lang Airport Development Project of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) for allegedly falsifying public documents.
During the Opening of Bids for the airport project in Cotabato earlier this afternoon, representatives of Granby Trading and Construction and Kwan Sing Construction were asked to submit a list of equipment that their companies will pledge as part of the contract.
However, the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the DOTr Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) found that the two companies submitted similar LTO documents for their vehicles.
The Certificates of Registration for the vehicles showed different company details, but some reflected the same registration dates and chassis numbers.
Both companies authorized the same person, Alexander Ullani, to drop the bidding documents and represent the companies, hinting at a possible conspiracy.
Meanwhile, Raymundo Vargas, Sr., who claimed that he was representing Granby Trading and Construction on behalf of a colleague, was not allowed to represent the company due to lack of authorization. He was allowed to stay as witness to the proceeding.
Ullani and Vargas denied they knew each other.
However, a TWG member who could understand Ilocano overheard the two speaking in the vernacular and that their conversation hinted that they did.
When both bids were opened, the TWG noted that the bidding documents had the same format and showed several similar details.
“What these people did was an insult to the institution. Our government does not deserve to be treated this way,” says Assistant Secretary for Procurement and Vice Chairman of the DOTr-BAC Giovanni Lopez.
The DOTr-BAC called the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) police to the DOTr Central Office in Clark to handle the situation.
Ullani and Vargas were then turned over to the Mabalacat Municipal Police Station in Pampanga where they are currently detained and charged with falsification of public documents.
Inquest proceedings are scheduled on Friday.