However, DND Secretary Voltaire Gazmin is already being urged to investigate irregularities in the failed recent bidding and subsequent re-bidding of the P5.3-billion medium lift fixed wing aircraft acquisition project of the agency.
Three bidders attended the pre-bid conference and indicated willingness to participate in the bidding in October. They were Alenia Aermacchi, EADS Casa Air Bus Military and PT Dikrgantara Indonesia/Indonesian Aerospace (IAe/Persero).
But the DND bids and awards committee (BAC) admitted that it failed to comply with the legal requirement of publishing the supplemental bid bulletin seven-days prior to the bid opening. It declared the bidding a failure on November 11.
The BAC said that because of the problems raised it had to wait for half an hour after the scheduled closing time before allowing other bidders to come in.
The extra time given by the BAC to other bidders raised concerns as it failed to post the supplemental bid bulletin seven days before the bid opening date.
The DND published the supplemental bid bulletin at the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System website only on November 5 (instead of November 4 to make it to the required seven days under the law).
At the November 11 failed bidding only two bidders showed up and only one submitted a sealed bid while the other raised the matter to the BAC, which later admitted its mistake and ordered a correction through the immediate publication of the supplemental bid bulletin and opening of the bids on November 18 at 2 p.m.
The aircraft to be bought is capable of operating in any environment and organic general support for territorial defense, internal peace and security operations and disaster response.