QUEZON CITY – Cagayan Rep. Jack Enrile has exposed what he said as anomalous P1.31 billion purchase through direct contracting of P1.3 billion worth of books.
The deal violated the law on government procurements, said Enrile as he called on Malacanang and the House to investigate contract.
Enrile said President Aquino should ask Education Secretary Armin Luistro to explain why he authorized the direct contract for the procurement of the books instead of subjecting it competitive bidding as prescribed in Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act.
The lawmaker said resorting to direct contracting — especially for contracts amounting to billions of pesos — defeats the government’s daang matuwid (straight path) mantra, and exposes to attack the administration’s sincerity and resolve in its promise of closing down avenues of corruption in government.
“The administration should make every effort to erase doubts hovering over these textbook contracts amounting to billions of pesos. At the very least, the government should explain why the DepEd chose to make the purchase through direct contracting which is more of the exception than a rule in government procurement law,” Enrile said.
“Various civil society groups have been appealing to President Aquino to take a personal interest in this matter because, really, this is a direct challenge to his government’s anti-corruption policy.”