President Aquino to be given authority in military procurement

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV under Senate bill 1657 filed “AN ACT AMENDING SECTION 53 OF REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9184, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE ‘GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT REFORM ACT’, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.”

Item F Section 53 entitled Negotiated Procurement of RA No. 9184, if approved, will read, “In the case procurement for the use of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) involving major defense equipment and materiel, when the capability required is not available locally and when the Secretary of National Defense has determined that in view of security and other strategic considerations including confidentiality, interoperability, and/or the existence defense partnerships, the procurment by the AFP of the above mentioned equipment should be exempted from the requirement of public bidding under this act:”

“Provided that, said determination is supported by the approval by the President and concurred in by both chairmen of the National Defense and Security committees of the Senate and the House of Representatives,”

“Provided, further, that the performance by the supplier of its obligations under the procurement contract shall be covered by section 39 of this act: provided, finally that major defense equipment and materiel shall refer to aircraft, vessels, tanks, armored vehicles, high tech communication equipment, radar systems, sophisticated weapons seystems and high-powered firearms not otherwise locally available.”

According to Trillanes’ introduction to said act, “confidentiality in the procurement may also be a warranted consideration in the instances where the undue disclosure of the nature and specifications of major defense equipment is deemed to have serious implications on their relevance and effectiveness, thereby, compromising the country’s security.”

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