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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Ombudsman to probe BCDA execs, contractor

THE Office of the Ombudsman has found sufficient basis to proceed with its investigation of officials of the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) and the Japanese contractor Hazama-Taisei- Nippon Steel Joint Venture (HTN JV) in connection with the controversial P30-billion Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) project.

Aleu Amante, OIC-director, PIAB-C, in a ruling dated June 11, 2009, asked the respondents to file their counter-affidavits and their own evidence within 10 days upon receipt of the order.

Named respondents were Gen. Narciso Abaya (ret.), BCDA president and CEO, lawyer Arnel Paciano Casanova, BCDA legal counsel and Maj. Gen Eduardo Lena (ret.), program manager for engineering and construction.

Also asked to give their sides were Japanese nationals Tadahiko Kajima, Makota Yoshida, Yoichi Inoue, Kunio Kimata and Tsunemi Nagata, court records revealed.

The case stemmed from the charges filed in February by Armando de Rossi, president and CEO of Construction Management and Consultancy Asia, Inc., (CMCAI), against the BCDA officials for alleged violation of RA 3019, or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Also included in the charge sheet were the earlier mentioned Japanese officials of Hazama-Taisei-Nippon Steel Joint Venture (HTN JV), one of two Japanese contractors of the 97-kilometer expressway project.

The respondents’ failure to submit their counter-affidavit shall be deemed a waiver and the proceeding shall continue according to existing rules, the Ombudsman said in the ruling.

In his complaint, De Rossi claimed HTN JV in complicity with BCDA officials, led by Abaya, failed to settle its obligation with his firm amounting to P59.280 million, representing professional and consultancy fees.

De Rossi claimed his engagement with HTN JV which started even prior to the actual bidding and award of the project resulted in the successful participation of the company in the multi-billion project.

He added that he provided the Japanese firm “valuable information” ranging from contracting procedure, design and scope of the competition to cost and quality estimates of the project. By: Paul M. Gutierrez - Journal online

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