MANILA - Two companies bidding to build the M’Lang Airport in Cotabato were arrested for submitting falsified documents, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said Thursday.
The list of equipment submitted by Granby Trading and Construction and Kwan Sing Construction were similar, the DOTr said in a statement.
"The Certificates of Registration for the vehicles showed different company details, but some reflected same registration dates and chassis numbers," the government agency said.
The bidding documents submitted by the 2 companies also had the same format and showed several similar details "hinting at a possible conspiracy," the DOTr said.
Representatives of the 2 companies were apprehended by police and charged with falsification of public documents.
The M'lang airport in Cotabato is expected to cater to some 3.5 million passengers travelling to and from Central Mindanao.
The airport is intended to operate as a feeder airport to other nearby air terminals in the cities of Cagayan de Oro, Davao, and General Santos.