TRANSPARENCY advocate Filipino Alliance for Transparency and Empowerment questioned the result of the investigation made in the alleged anomalous transactions in National Printing Office as it lacks clear answers to clarify contracts entered into by the concerned officials.
FATE believes that the result of the probe made by lawyer Enrique Tandan III of the Presidential Communications Operations Office leaves more questions than answers.
At the same time, the group questioned the decision if the claim of NPO Deputy Director Sherwin Castañeda of being pressured was indeed established in the investigation.
It may be recalled that Castañeda quit his post as Bids and Awards Committee chairman along with the rest of the members of BAC citing “too much” pressure from NPO director Francisco Vales.
The resignation came in the wake of reports that NPO granted additional work orders to three private printers in printing Social Security System forms, namely; Best Forms Security Printer, Tri-Print Work and Metro Color despite the existing P74 million contract with Western Visayas Printing Corp.
The group asked if representative of WVPC were invited also to shed light on the investigation done by Tandan.
FATE challenged the government to immediately file necessary charges against NPO officials who were found involved in irregularities regarding the granting of additional work orders.
In his report to PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar, Tandan uncovered sufficient basis to believe that criminal and administrative offenses were committed by those involved in the NPO contract following reports of bribery and illegal sub-contracting.
Tandan decided to refer the matter to the proper investigative offices for further investigation and possible filing of criminal complains.
Tandan vowed to continue with its probe to determissibility of filing administrative charges against erring officials and employees involved in the irregularities uncovered