Manila, Philippines – An anti-graft watchdog has lodged graft and other complaints against Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Ricardo A. David Jr. and several others in connection with the alleged anomalous procurement contract for the agency’s biometric system pegged at P50 million.
Anti-Trapo Movement of the Philippines Inc. founding chairman Leon Peralta charged David, Head Executive Grace Lara, Engr. Dino C. Vizconde, acting chief of the BI ICTS and technical consultant and adviser to David, members of the Bids and Awards Committee, and several John Does before the Ombudsman because of the on-going public procurement process of the P50-million biometric system.
In his complaint, Peralta claimed that the biometric project will end up wasting precious government funds, considering its fractional cost equivalent only to a daily time record type of biometrics as against the required scale, magnitude, and sophisticated border control and management system that the BI needs. (Leonard D. Postrado)