NBI to probe anomaly in PHP74-M NPO print job deal

MANILA — The National Bureau of Investigation has summoned several officials of the National Printing Office (NPO) as part of its probe on the alleged anomaly involving printing jobs worth PHP74 million for the Social Security System (SSS).

The subpoenas issued by NBI Deputy Director for Intelligence Vicente de Guzman came after the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) requested its assistance in the alleged anomaly on how the PHP74-million contract was awarded to Best Forms Security Printer, Tri-Print Work and Metro Color Company despite the contract being first awarded to Western Visayas Printing Corporation.

Ordered to appear in the probe are Engineer Rolando Calauag, officer-in-charge of NPO, former members of the NPO-Bids and Awards Committee namely lawyer Sherwin Prose Castaneda, Ma. Cristina Morales, Michelle Japson, Benedict Sagun, Amado Valsorable; BAC Secretariat members Teres Tobias, Dina Badua, Winon Balmores, Wilma Delansig, Federico Israel Ramos III, Jennifer Tomas and NPO director Francisco Vales.

“Under and by virtue of the authority vested in me, you are hereby commanded to be at and appear before the Office of the NBI Anti-Fraud Division, NBI Main Building, Taft Avenue, Ermita, Manila on April 3, 2017 at 2 p.m.,” the subpoena dated March 28 said.

The subpoena did not name any officials of the three firms that won the contract from the NPO.

The NPO is an attached agency of the PCOO.

PCOO Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Enrique Tandan said there is sufficient basis to refer the matter to the NBI for further investigation.

The PCOO initiated a probe on the alleged anomaly late last year. Christopher Lloyd Caliwan/PNA-northboundasia.com