Claiming that there was no 'honest-to-goodness bidding' in government projects, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque defended President Rodrigo Duterte on the elimination of competitive public bidding in government projects.
The President earlier said the he would to scrap the bidding process for government projects claiming that these caused delays in the project completion and bred corruption.
Alam naman niya iyong hocus-pocus na nangyayari diyan sa mga government bidding na 'yan.
Not only will the failed biddings provide a nice loophole for them to arrange the contract, but it will also give Smartmatic the perfect alibi," he added.
The failed biddings represent the Comelec-BAC's commitment to the laws and regulations of public bidding," he said.
The grand design is that the bidding failures would force the Comelec to settle for a negotiable deal," C3E co-convenor Nicanor Elman said in a statement.
While the order of bids below the second bidder changed, the successful bidder remained the same during all three biddings.
The principle that a bidder always holds an established position in a bidding cannot be realized if bidders are involved in collusion, analysts pointed out.
Meralco) to open competitive biddings for power supply to other players due to the latter's power rate hike.
There is sufficient time to hold a true competitive bidding now without jeopardizing the future supply of power,' Alyansa para sa Bagong Pilipinas (ABP) said in a statement.