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PACC wants APO head axed

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The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission has set forth a complaint for grave misconduct and gross neglect of duty against Asian Productivity Organization (APO) president and chair, Michael Dalumpines, due to alleged anomalies in the printing of e-passports.


His removal was also already endorsed to the Ombudsman and the Office of the President.


PACC chair Greco Belgica said that the issue began when APO subcontracted other firms to print electronic passports when they were supposed to be the sole printer, as per their P38-billion contract with the foreign affairs department.


However, APO entered into a joint venture deal with United Graphic Expression Corp (UGEC), a company that just so happened to have been flagged by the Commission on Audit four years ago for being “disadvantageous to the government.”


UGEC turned out to have a profit share larger than that of APO, the rental of printing machines from them flouted the terms of the Joint Venture Security Printing Agreement and machines were already old.


Reports said that Dalumpines asserted that their agreement followed guidelines set by the National Economic and Development Authority, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Budget and Management, Governance Commission for GOCCs as well as the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel.


He added that APO headed the printing of passports, while UGEC took care of the financing and supplied the machinery and other materials.


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