President Duterte declares China out of military procurement
President Rodrigo Duterte said he does not like delays and corruption in any government procurement. He added that the lowest bid does not necessarily means it is the best. He also said China, without naming, will not be included in any military procurement.
“Lahat ng equipments ninyo, pinaalam ko na sa COA (Commission on Audit), hindi ako susunod diyan (prioritizing the lowest bidder). Magaaway tayo diyan, kasi yung lowest bid is the source of corruption. Pahabulan ng presyo: ‘Pababaan mo ang presyo mo, yung iba nagpapabili (selling) ng 100, ipabili (sell) ito ng 20, kaya ang ibigay mo sa akin yung Made in…’ alam mo na, wag muna [natin pangalanan] ngayon kasi may alitan tayo,” the President said before the soldiers in Armed Force of the Philippines (AFP) Medical Center on Tuesday. “Tapos sabihin ng sundalo, ‘Sir nasira kaagad’.”
He emphasized that there will be no compromise in the lives of the soldiers. “Binigay ninyo ang buhay ninyo sa bayan niyo, the least that we can do, the Filipino people, the country through me will give you what you want: state-of-the-art (medical facilities, equipment), pati yang mga equipment sa gera,” President Duterte said.
“Hindi ako basta basta bibili diyan sa mga open market, gusto ko government-to-government, okaya pakialaman ko kung bibili tayo. Pero kailangan hindi yung Made in ‘ano’ (China), tapos palaaway pa,”