DOJ contracts with Calida security firm aboveboard, says Guevarra


Posted at Jun 21 2018 04:21 PM

MANILA - Contracts between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the security firm owned by the family of Solicitor General Jose Calida are aboveboard, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Thursday.

This after Guevarra said late last month that his department would look into its contracts with Calida's Vigilant Investigative and Security Agency Inc (VISAI).

"I examined all the records pertaining to procurement, and all of these were regular," Guevarra told CNN Philippines in an interview Thursday.

Calida came under fire after reports surfaced that his security firm signed P150.82-million in contracts with six government offices after he was appointed to the government post.

The firm's contract with the DOJ from February 1 to December 31, 2018, signed during the administration of Guevarra’s predecessor Vitaliano Aguirre II, is at P6.76 million.

It also has contracts with the National Economic and Development Authority, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, the National Anti-Poverty Commission, the National Parks Development Committee, and the National Electrification Administration. 

The government's top lawyer said he was not surprised with Guevarra's findings and maintained that the contracts were aboveboard.

"He (Guevarra) found the bidding process and contract to be aboveboard. This should put to rest the malicious speculations against my wife's business and my integrity," Calida said in a statement to ABS-CBN News.

The Office of the Solicitor General had earlier clarified that Calida resigned as VISAI chairman and president on May 30, 2016, before assuming his post as the government's top lawyer and, therefore, complied with the requirement of Section 9 of Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct for Public Officials and Employees.