LTO chief faces graft raps over P830-M driver's license card deal

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 08 2017 01:03 PM | Updated as of Jun 08 2017 01:12 PM

LTO chief Ed Galvante. ABS-CBN News

MANILA - A group of crime watchdogs on Thursday filed a graft complaint against Land Transportation Office chief Edgar Galvante and other officials in connection with an allegedly anomalous award of a driver's license card contract worth P830 million. 

The Anti-Trapo Movement of the Philippines (ATMP) said due process was not observed during the bidding for the contract which was eventually awarded to Dermalog Identification Systems, the third highest bidder. 

ATMP chairperson Leon Peralta claimed the contract was grossly disadvantageous to the government because it was P79 million higher than the P750 million bid of Banner Plasticard Inc. 

Peralta also claimed the driver's license cards do not contain the required security features required by the contract. 

He said ATMP filed a request for reconsideration, but the LTO still proceeded to award the contract to Dermalog. 

"Dapat i-resolve mo muna anumang protest or request for reconsideration," Peralta noted. 

Also tagged in the complaint were several LTO officials involved in the bidding process, including Executive Director Romeo Vera Cruz, Dennis Singzon, Maribel Salazar, Irenea Nueva, Rector Antiga, Francis Almora, Mercy Jane Leynes, Norberto Espino III, Camilo Balon, Leda Jose, Paquita Dela Cruz, Danilo Encela. -- Report from Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News