When it rains, it really pours.
Trillanes woes are piling up as RJ Nieto aka Thinking Pinoy got hold of documents showing Trillanes kin winning million peso contract with the government without public bidding.
According to the expert sleuthing of RJ Nieto, Trilink Technologies was awarded a P7.28-million MRT-3 communications maintenance contract in 2015.
Documents obtained by RJ Nieto aka Thinking Pinoy show Henry Trillanes as the general manager of Trilink Technologies.
In addition, the board of directors is made up entirely of Trillaneses, namely:
1. Henry Trillanes (Director)
2. John Henry Trillanes (Director)
3. Rosanna Trillanes (Director)
4. Ginger Rose Trillanes (Director)
5. Henriette Ann Trillanes (Director)
6. Rhys Immanuel Trillanes (Stockholder)
Below is the copy of the notice of award for the said contract can be seen by clicking the link. Notice of Award to Trilink Technologies
In the 2013 election, Henry Trillanes, one of Trilink’s incorporators, donated P3 million to the senator’s campaign kitty.
RJ Nieto urged the Ombudsman to check if the MRT contract complies with the Government Procurement Reform Act.
In the end, negotiated contracts, or contracts that do not involve public bidding, have clear-cut guidelines under Article 53 of the said act. [Link here]
RJ Nieto admitted Jarius Bondoc first raised the issue in his June 2016 column “Trillanes kin got MRT-3 contract”. [Link here]
However, RJ Nieto believed this was the first instance where public documents have been made public.
In a follow-up Facebook post, RJ Nieto aka Thinking Pinoy also divulged that the company owned by Trillanes’ kins was also awarded multiple contracts with various government agencies and government-owned and -controlled corporations, namely:
2. Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA)
3. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
4. APO Production Unit, Inc., an agency under the PCOO
5. Light Rail Manila Corporation
6. Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR)
7. Philippine Army Special Forces Regiment – Airborne
8. Philippine National Police
In light of his exposé, Nieto wondered that “if Trillanes believes that relatives of government officials shouldn’t be involved in government contracts, then why didn’t he start with a very public probe of his own relatives’ dealings with the government, just like what he’s attempting to do with companies owned by relatives of SAP Christopher Bong Go?” [Link here]
As of this writing, RJ Nieto aka Thinking Pinoy’s Facebook posts has been shared 25K and counting.