Gatchalian urges PAGCOR to file charges vs erring officials in procurement of 3rd party POGO auditor

Gatchalian urges PAGCOR to file charges vs erring officials in procurement of 3rd party POGO auditor

MANILA — Senator Win Gatchalian challenged the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) to initiate the filing of appropriate charges against erring agency officials involved in the anomalous procurement of third-party auditor of gross gaming revenues of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs).

“Kailangang panagutin ang mga opisyal at empleyado ng PAGCOR na naging pabaya o kaya’y nakipagsabwatan sa Global ComRCI na dahilan kung bakit sa kanila napunta ang kontrata kahit na malinaw na hindi sila kwalipikado,” Gatchalian said.

Gatchalian issued the challenge after PAGCOR terminated its ten-year, P6-billion contract with POGO third-party auditor Global ComRCI after it was found to “have committed unlawful acts” and to be “in default of its obligations.”

The termination follows an investigation conducted by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, chaired by Gatchalian, which revealed numerous irregularities in the way Global ComRCI secured the contract with PAGCOR to undertake a third-party audit of gaming revenues generated by POGOs.

Among such irregularities include the submission of a falsified bank guarantee from a financial institution that was unauthorized by the central bank to provide financial services in the country.

“Dapat nating habulin para masampahan ng kaso ang mga opisyal at empleyado sa gobyerno na gumagawa ng mga katiwalian para masawata ang mga ganitong gawain,” he added.

Global ComRCI’s submission of a false document is a ground for the termination of the contract, the Senator said, citing Section 69 of Republic Act 9184, or the Government Procurement Reform Act, which specifies the grounds and sanctions for blacklisting a contractor. Further citing the law, he said that private individuals and any public officer conspiring with them in submitting falsified documents in order to influence the outcome of the eligibility screening process and competitive bidding shall suffer the penalty of imprisonment.

PAGCOR said it has endorsed its decision to the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) for the possible filing of administrative, civil, and criminal cases against Global ComRCI.

(Amado Inigo/MTVN)

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