Renato Reyes to former DPWH Secretary: “Ikaw ang nag-approve ng kontrata ng kumpanya, ikaw gagawing head ng kumpanya? Wow.”

Ikaw ang nag-approve ng kontrata ng kumpanya, tapos ikaw ang gagawing head ng kumpanya? Wow.

The statement above is taken from the Facebook post of Renato Reyes Jr., Secretary General at Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) posted on November 17, 2016.

According to him, former DPWH Secretary Singson was a member of the LRTA board when the privatization contract was awarded to the consortium LRMC.

Former Aquino DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson was a member of the LRTA board which awarded a privatization contract to the consortium LRMC.  A few years later, Singson is now President and CEO of LRMC, the same company that he awarded a contract to.

The militant leader shared a document showing the former DPWH’s signature on a document signed by the latter.

You can see his signature appearing in the document below. LRMC, which operates LRT1, is led by Ayala and Metro Pacific.

 

Furthermore, Mr. Reyes said that Singson was formerly affiliated with Metro Pacific before accepting a position in the Aquino government.

Singson was also a board member of Metro Pacific prior to being DPWH secretary under Noynoy Aquino.

The militant leader can’t help but asked the public if Singson got rewarded by the consortium LRMC  for his act in the previous years.

So did Singson just get a reward for what he did as LRTA board member?

As a non-lawyer, Mr. Reyes asked the opinion of his lawyer friends about what he discovered…

Lawyer friends, don’t you think there’s something that really stinks in the way all this went down?

Meanwhile, Rina Reyes Manuel has something to say about this and wrote:  Hi nato. wasn’t it the DOTC which awarded the contract to LRMC? anyway, personally, i think he was hired by LRMC because of his competency, leadership and integrity, rather than as payback for anything during his stint in DPWH.

Mr. Reyes is not convinced with the argument of Ms. Rina Manuel and responded…

LRTA approved the awarding of the contract to LRMC. He signed the board resolution as an ex-officio member. The LRTA authorized DOTC to issue notice of award. Inside the LRTA, employees involved in the negotiations have been told they cannot work for LRMC because of conflict of interest issues. They were surprised to find out that a former LRTA board member has been made head of LRMC. Regardless of his competence, the whole thing raises issues of propriety and conflict of interest. We cannot merely look the other way on this one and presume regularity or good faith. Certainly not when the contract itself has many questionable provisions.

What is your take on the issue? Do you believe there is conflict of interest here? Please let us know by commenting below.

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