Abakada Partylist Rep. Jonathan de la Cruz wants the Supreme Court to rule on his petition in blocking the deal and charge former Interior Secretary, Mar Roxas for the P3.07-billion deal. De la Cruz is mulling plunder, malversation and graft charges against Roxas and Sueno for approving the two allegedly anomalous contracts between the Philippine government and an Austrian company. These are the same accusations Roxas brought forth against former Vice President Jejomar Binay during the 2016 elections.
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[VIDEO]: Roxas and Sueno are both implicated on the anomalous fire truck deal
Fire Truck Deal
The fire truck deal with an Austrian manufacturer got Interior Secretary Ismael fired from his post after a brief discussion with the President. Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said, however, that the agreement between the DILG and the Austrian company will proceed because “it is a perfected contract and there is no temporary restraining order (TRO) that prevents it from being implemented.”
No Public Bidding
The move resulted from two consecutive deals between the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and Austrian company Rosenbauer International AG for the purchase of 152 fire trucks. Dela Cruz, who initiated a House inquiry into the said supply contracts disputes the fire truck deal’s constitutionality. He said that they did not go through public bidding.
Sueno admitted that he went with his family to Austria last January just to follow-up the delivery of 76 firetrucks from Rosenbauer International AG. The deal was first signed during the term of Roxas in 2013. It is now questioned before the SC by dela Cruz due to allegations of overpricing.
The President’s Stand
The president keeps on ranting about the deal. He fired Sueno for giving him the wrong answer during interrogation. Du30 made it known that he’s against it. He asked; what kind of fire truck is that? We’ll buy it at P7 million or P8 million. That’s the running price now over a fire truck made in Japan,” he added. The President also asked Sueno why did he has to go there to follow-up buying fire trucks worth P18 million each? Whatever the outcome is, on Roxas’ part it’s a matter of “what goes around, comes around.”