'Solgen's kin bagged three security deals'
The Calida’s Vigilant Investigative and Security Agency Inc. has secured multimillion-peso contracts with at least three government agencies months after Jose Calida’s appointment as Solicitor General.
This was revealed in the documents leaked to media during the weekend.
The security firm owned by Calida’s wife, Milagros, bagged various contracts with the National Parks Development Committee, the National Anti-Poverty Commission, and the National Economic and Development Authority from 2016 to 2018, documents from these agencies showed.
As of press time, Calida has yet to issue a statement.
The documents said the NPDC awarded a P29.2-million contract to Calida’s firm last January for security services at the Rizal and Paco parks in the capital city.
A service agreement between NPDC and VISAI dated Jan. 31, 2018, as shown in one of the documents, identified Milagros Calida as the security agency’s “Chairwoman/President.”
Last year, the NPDC—under the Tourism department—also awarded a P10.3-million security contract to VISAI to provide security for the two parks.
The security firm of Calida also bagged a P2.8-million service contract from the National Anti-Poverty Commission in August 2016.
A month after (September 2016), it got another contract with the National Economic and Development Authority amounting to P6.8 million for security services.
Calida is facing graft raps at the Ombudsman owing to his allegedly anomalous ownership of a security agency that has contracts with several government agencies.
Jocelyn Acosta-Nisperos filed a 13-page complaint against Calida.
She said Calida allegedly violated the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, the Code of Conduct and for Ethical Standards for Public Offices and Employees and the Revised Penal Code.
Acosta-Nisperos claimed in her complaint that the document she received from the Securities and Exchange Commission showed Calida owned 60 percent of Vigilant Investigative and Security Agency, while his wife and three children own 10 percent each.