Tag: Blue Ribbon Committee

Senator Jinggoy Estrada requests special audit of DepEd’s ‘favored suppliers’

(INQUIRER) MANILA, Philippines — Senator Jinggoy Estrada sought the assistance of the Commission on Audit (COA) to look into the alleged favored suppliers of the Department of Education (DepEd). In a letter addressed to COA chairperson Jose Calida, dated October 3 and shared to reporters on Tuesday, Ejercito requested for a special audit on DepEd’s suppliers. “This…
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Estrada: ‘Favored’ supplier bagged P6B in DepEd contracts

(JOURNAL NEWS) SENATOR Jinggoy Estrada bared Thursday that one of the alleged “favored” suppliers of the Department of Education (DepEd) has cornered close to P6 billion in contracts for the agency’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) requirements. Estrada said the IT supplier was awarded DepEd contracts several times, with the aggregate amount of these deals totaling…
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P6B worth of contracts questioned

P6B WORTH OF CONTRACTS QUESTIONED: Sen. Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada, during the hybrid Blue Ribbon Committee inquiry Thursday, September 29, 2022, on the alleged overpriced and outdated laptops procured by the Department of Education (DepEd) through the Department of Budget and Management Procurement Service quizzes DepEd Information and Communications Dir. Abram Abanil on the multiple contracts the…
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Estrada: Probe favored DepEd suppliers to see if they benefitted from ‘split’ contracts

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 20) — A lawmaker said he wants an investigation on several suppliers who seem to be favored by the Department of Education (DepEd) when it comes to the purchase of electronics. “Based on my research on DepEd’s contracts, I always encounter the names of ASI or Advance Solutions Inc., Columbia Technologies,…
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Senator seeks probe into DepEd’s ‘favored suppliers’

SEN. Jinggoy Estrada yesterday sought a probe into the Department of Education’s alleged “favored suppliers,” saying he always “encounters the names” of these suppliers in nearly all of the department’s contracts “that run into billions of pesos over the years.” Estrada made the call as the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee resumed its inquiry into the…
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Jinggoy Estrada flags DepEd’s ‘repeat orders,’ ‘split contracts’

During the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee (BRC) hearing on the controversial overpriced laptops procured, Senator Jinggoy Estrada on Thursday (September 15) revealed that there had been a practice of “repeat orders” and “split contracts” in the procurement of the Department of Education (DepEd). Estrada noted that it could violate the Republic Act (RA) 9184 or the Government Procurement Act. “In the case…
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SJE Transcript: Blue Ribbon Committee Hearing on the alleged procurement of DepEd’s outdated and pricey laptops

SJE: Thank you, very much, Mr. Chair. May I know, what is the name of the representative from the Department of Education? SFNT: Director Abanil, Sen. Estrada is probably referring to your identity. ABANIL: Abram Abanil, Your Honor. SJE: Are you a Usec or Asec in the department? ABANIL: I am a director, Your Honor.…
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Jinggoy Estrada bares ‘repeat orders, split contracts’ in DepEd procurements

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Jinggoy Estrada uncovered on Thursday the practice of “repeat orders” and “split contracts” in the procurements of the Department of Education (DepEd). During the Senate blue ribbon committee hearing, presided by Senator Francis Tolentino, on the DepEd laptop purchase through the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management, Estrada inquired…
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Estrada: Go after agri smugglers

Go after agri smugglers: Senator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada quizzes acting Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Yogi Filemon Ruiz on the status of cases filed against 294 importers and 76 brokers during Tuesday’s continuing hearing of the Blue Ribbon Committee, August 30, 2022. Estrada was given assurance that case build-up is ongoing to ensure not only…
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Seek clearance

SEEK CLEARANCE: Sen. Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada grills former Agriculture Undersecretary Leocadio Sebastian on his issuance of a special order authorizing the importation of 300,000 metric tons of sugar during Tuesday’s Blue Ribbon hearing, August 23, 2022. Estrada asked Sebastian why he signed Sugar Order No. 4 (SO4) without the prior consent of President Ferdinand “Bongbong”…
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