By MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA
In the whistle stop recently of Senator Ferdinand “BongBong” Marcos, Jr in the towns and city of Pangasinan before he proceeded to his final stop in Bayambang as guest of the robust town’s bid for the longest barbecue grill in the Guinness Book of World Record, I posed to him if he intends to run either for the presidential or vice presidential derby in 2016.
“Ha, ha, ha I don’t know! Wala pa! Masyado pang maaga para disisyunan iyan. Pagbigyan muna natin ang takbo ng pulitika eh alam natin mabilis ang pagbago dito sa atin sa Pilipinas kaya siguro marami pa namang trabaho na kailangan gawin bago pag-isipin muna iyan,” he retorted.
Was Czech Ambassador Josef Rychtar telling the truth when he exposed to the media that Metro Rail Transit (MRT) general manager Al Vitangcol and Pangasinense Wilson de Vera attempt to mulct Inekon CEO and chair Josef Husek U.S $30 million (P1.35 billion) so Inekon wins the bidding for 48 MRT coaches?
News reports say that each of the wagons that would be supplied by Inekon costs U.S $3.3 million.
Since Czech company Inekon Group did not participate in the bidding, Chinese company CNR Dalian Locomotive & Rolling Stock, that won the bid, will supply the 48 coaches for the wagons strapped MRT that will cost the government US $1.8 million only for each of the wagon.
U.S $3 million versus U.S $1.8 million, son of a gun, it shows that China coaches are advantageous to the Philippine government.
“If we and the government accepted the offer of Inekon, [fewer] cars would be [coming] and not 48 cars,” Vitangcol said
One of the grounds in filling a case of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act against erring government official is that a contract entered by the official should be disadvantageous to the government.
Was Ambassador Rychtar in cahoots with Inekon CEO and chair Josef Husek to embarrass the Aquino administration?
Earlier, there was report that even President Simeon Benigno Aquino III sister was involved in the extortion attempt.
Why Ambassador Rychtar demonized the government when the coaches in China are way cheaper than those made in Czechoslovakia?