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Graft raps filed vs BCDA chief

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Bases Conversion & Development Authority (BCDA) president and CEO Vince Dizon, who is also the nation’s so-called Covid19 testing czar, has been slapped with a slew of criminal and administrative charges with regard to the alleged irregular award of the P8.5-billion construction contract for the sprawling sports facilities in New Clark City (Tarlac) used for the 2019 SEA Games.


Aside from Dizon, complainant Citizens Crime Watch (CCW) also included in the charge sheet the Malaysian contractor MTD Capital Berhad as well as other top BCDA officers.


The CCW’s petition to the Office of the Ombudsman alleged they violated Republic Act 3019 (Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act) and Article 217 of the Revised Penal Code (malversation of public funds).


Cited were lack of public bidding, lack of budget appropriation and unauthorized insertions and modifications in the original contract.
To counter, an official statement said: “BCDA stands by its position that the process undertaken for the construction of internationally certified sports facilities in New Clark City is completely legal and above board.”


The CCW case brings to attention the 2019 report of the Commission on Audit (CoA) questioning the approval of said mega-deal as it gives “undue advantage” to a private contractor.


“The sports facilities (the athletes’ village, aquatic center and athletic stadium) was negotiated into an unsolicited proposal rather than going through competitive bidding,” CoA further noted.

PHOTO: Presidential Communications


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