Customs exec defends cancellation of P650M computer contract

Posted at Jun 04 2015 05:35 PM | Updated as of Jun 05 2015 01:35 AM

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Customs Commissioner Bert Lina defended his move to cancel a P650-million computerization contract, saying a review showed there is a cheaper system that follows the specifications of the United Nations.

Lina added that the review was conducted under his predecessor, Sunny Sevilla.

"There were meetings and then validations made by our people that says there is a better system. Sa batas, ang agency na talagang bibili has the last say," said Lina.

He also pointed out that Customs has the final say on proceeding with the project, even after it was already bid out by the Budget Department.

Sevilla and Budget Secretary Butch Abad didn't immediately answer text messages seeking their comment.

The winner of the contract has accused Lina of conflict of interest because one of Lina's companies was a losing bidder.

Lina is the owner of Air21 and other logistics-related companies and has been hounded by conflict of interest allegations since he assumed post in April.

He said he has until June 23 to divest from his companies.