Deputy Speaker and SAGIP party-list Rep. Rodante Marcoleta slammed Sen. Risa Hontiveros Thursday for her continued criticism of the government’s buy of private protecting tools, saying that this a obtrusive ”publicity stunt” geared toward tainting the picture of the Duterte administration.
Marcoleta dared Hontiveros to again his accusations with stable proof earlier than going to the media to show the alleged PPE buy irregularity.
“Sen. Hontiveros bristles at criticisms for not presenting exhausting proof to again her claims. Nonetheless, what she introduced to media on Monday solely confirms what we’ve identified all alongside: She has no proof and she will’t show a baseless declare of overpricing as a result of there’s none,” Marcoleta careworn.
Marcoleta famous that Hontiveros confirmed 11 items of paperwork purportedly sourced from the Department of Budget Management Procurement Service.
A lawyer, Marcoleta belittled the evidentiary significance of the paperwork as he identified that these merely indicated that the PPEs have been bought by DBM between April and Could.
In line with the senior administration lawmaker, the paperwork additionally indicated that buy contracts have been awarded to 4 Filipinos and 7 Chinese language corporations, together with the amount, worth, and supply dates of the protecting gear.
“None of those paperwork present, a lot much less show, that the PPEs bought by DBM have been overpriced. One thing can solely be deemed ‘overpriced’ if it may be proven that different corporations, Filipinos or in any other case, provided PPE units to authorities with the identical specs, high quality, and inventory availability at decrease costs,” Marcoleta mentioned.
He identified that there have been no comparisons made on the costs.
”With no clear worth comparability, allegations of overpricing are merely figments of her creativeness,” Marcoleta acknowledged.
Hontiveros ought to have introduced a comparative matrix and receipts or different paperwork exhibiting the claimed worth disparity, he mentioned.
Marcoleta mentioned the opposition senator’s declare that the Philippine Normal Hospital bought PPEs at a lot decrease costs may solely pertain to previous, current shares from stores as no Philippine firm may meet authorities’s huge emergency necessities.
“It’s a undeniable fact that take a look at kits and PPE costs jumped astronomically round April and Could as nations tried to outbid one another for a lot wanted provides for his or her frontliners. Costs solely stabilized as manufacturing began to deal with demand by July-August,” he mentioned.
Within the case of PPEs purchased through the Aquino administration at P3,500 per set, there was very clear proof of overpricing when in comparison with the typical P1,700 per PPE set purchased by the present DBM, he mentioned.
Whereas Congress has oversight powers, Marcoleta mentioned it shouldn’t be used and abused by Hontiveros for self-serving fishing expeditions.
She should not wield the huge powers of Congress to cowl her failure to do her homework. “It’s primary: The one making the accusations ought to show it as a substitute of the accused defending their innocence,” he added.
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