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I was threatened, city supplier says
AT BIDDING
BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

The New Bridge Electrical was the sole bidder for the electrical materials for the maintenance of streetlights of Bacolod City although five suppliers had bought bid documents from the Bids and Awards Committee yesterday.

Another bidder claimed he was threatened to back out from the bidding.

New Bridge Electrical offered a bid price of P1.771 million, while the Approved Budget for the contract is P1.775 million.

Bids and Awards Committee, and General Services Office head, Gerome Solinap, said yesterday that when they conducted the bidding, only the New Bridge Electrical, a Bacolod-based supplier, dropped its bid documents in the bid box of the BAC.

It is the same supplier for the materials for the welcome marker at the Bacolod Plaza, that is a replica of the government center, he said.

Because only the New Bridge Construction dropped its bid, it was considered the lowest calculated bid. But it will still be subject to post-qualification, Solinap said.

The other suppliers who had bought bid documents were First Five Labor Services, AA Electrical Supply, Pointer Enterprises Inc. and Liberty First.

Solinap said the representative of Pointer Enterprises, a Manila-based supplier, reported to him that he was threatened yesterday. Solinap, however, said that was only his allegation. He asked the representative to pinpoint the persons who threatened him and who took his bid documents.

“I told him that our responsibility starts from the moment that a particular bidder drops his bid documents in our bid box. If his bid documents were snatched from him, he should have reported it to the police,” Solinap said.

He also said the Pointer Enterprises representative did not drop his bid documents but placed it on top of a table at the GSO and left.

“THREATENED”

However, reliable sources said that the representative of Pointer Enterprises Inc., which offered a bid price of P800,000, was reportedly threatened yesterday, allegedly by Othello Ramos, a job order casual of the city, when he refused to back out from the bidding, and offered to be refunded for his expenses for the bid documents, including his air fare.

Solinap said that if his documents were lost, that is not the responsibility of the BAC. He also said he had not seen Ramos enter the GSO yesterday morning.

Ramos denied that he was one of those who harassed the bidder from Manila, saying he has nothing to do with any bidding activity at the GSO.

But he said he was at the GSO Office yesterday morning to follow up the appointment of a job order casual with the office and that he proceeded to the downtown area later.

REINSTATEMENT

Ramos said he is still trying to follow up with Mayor Monico Puentevella his reinstatement in the city government after he was terminated during the Leonardia administration in 2006 for charges of physical injury against Bert Jamili, an employee of the city. He is just waiting for the response of the Mayor, he said.

He denied reports that his appointment for September to November had been approved by Puentevella Friday.

“COMMITMENTS”

Sources also said the sole bidder, New Bridge Construction, was reported to have already given the 3 percent commission it had committed to Ramos, Executive Assistant Joemarie Biasca, and other people involved.

But this was denied by Biasca, a former barangay captain, who is in charge of all bidding projects in the city, including those of the City Engineer’s Office. He said he has no idea about those allegations against them

Biasca was allegedly the contractor of Puentevella when the latter was still a congressman, and reportedly used to own a construction firm in Alijis.

Others involved whose names were mentioned, were Mike Carriedo and a certain “Cuadra.”

They reportedly offered to refund the representative of Pointer Enterprise for his bid documents and plane fare, as long as he does not join the bidding, like what they did with the other bidders. When the representative refused, they grabbed his brown envelop from him, the reports said.

The representative was then called into the GSO office by a member of the staff when he saw the incident, and told him that he should have remained inside the GSO.*CGS

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