LTO's Lomibao kicked up to DND

LTO’s Lomibao kicked up to DND
By Paolo Romero and Alexis Romero
The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – President Arroyo has appointed former Land Transportation Office (LTO) chief Arturo Lomibao as defense undersecretary for legislative affairs.

It was not clear when Mrs. Arroyo made the appointment. There were suspicions that it was done after March 10 or the last day she was allowed under the law to make appointments before the May elections.

Officials, however, insisted Lomibao’s appointment was signed in the first week of March.

With Lomibao now at the Department of National Defense, former Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board chairman Alberto Suansing reassumed yesterday the top LTO post.

Movements in the LTO and other agencies were only made known to the public towards the end of last month.

Sources said Lomibao already attended a meeting of top defense officials last Monday at Camp Aguinaldo.

This was confirmed by Defense Undersecretary for Finance and Armed Forces Modernization Affairs Antonio Romero II.

“He (Lomibao) was there during our meeting. He was introduced to us by the secretary,” he told The STAR.

Romero said Lomibao was also given an orientation about his responsibilities as defense undersecretary. He said the appointment of the former PNP chief was a welcome development for the agency.

“It’s good that he was appointed. We needed to fill up some positions in the department,” Romero said in Filipino.

He described Lomibao as “low profile” and “diligent.”

Former DND undersecretary Alberto Valenzuela Jr., who used to handle legal affairs and special concerns, quit his post last month.

Sources said Lomibao came after Valenzuela’s resignation but was not really his successor since the former PNP chief would handle a different portfolio. Romero said there are officials who are already handling DND’s legal concerns.

Romero said former DND undersecretary Antonio Santos Jr., who used to handle defense affairs, had also left the department after reaching the retirement age of 65. Romero said he is now handling defense affairs in a concurrent capacity.

On the other hand, the term of office of former DND undersecretary for internal affairs Ariston de los Reyes lapsed last month, according to Malacañang.

There are reports that former Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Victor Ibrado has been offered De los Reyes’ position.

A ranking DND source confirmed this but Ibrado, who is out of the country, has yet to accept the offer. Ibrado retired from military service last March 10.

A native of Pangasinan, Lomibao is a member of Philippine Military Academy class 1972. He holds a master’s degree in public administration and a doctorate in development administration. Lomibao was named PNP chief in 2005, replacing Edgar Aglipay.

His wife Jacky Tiu-Lomibao, a former kidnap victim, is making a bid for a seat in Congress as the third nominee of party-list group Abono, representing farmers.

Mrs. Arroyo also designated Press Undersecretary Rogelio Peyuan as new deputy presidential spokesman.

With Peyuan’s appointment, the President now has four spokespersons led by Secretary Ricardo Saludo, who is also concurrently secretary-general of the private-public reconstruction commission.

The two other deputy spokespersons are Gary Olivar and Charito Planas, who is also Nayong Pilipino executive director.

Peyuan was originally appointed to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) last month but was removed two days later because of alleged lobbying by his predecessor Augusto Syjuco.

Peyuan at the time accused Syjuco of having a hand in his removal reportedly because of his refusal to agree to an illegal directive on the use of over P700 million in TESDA funds. – With Rainier Allan Ronda

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  • Federico Sarmiento ,


    One of your Manila Board of Regents, Mr. Jesus B. Trinos Jr., was alleged involved in a Fraud Complaint in a multibillion peso anomalous deals, the Capability Upgrade Program (CUP), AFP Modernization Program Fixed Communications System Projects SCAM as supplier/agent for Datatrail Corp., Ceragon Networks Israel and Alcatel.

    We need your help in the speedy investigation the one-million-peso-company Datatrail Corp. grossly defrauded the Philippine government, illegally bagging the Contracts in AFP DID NOT PASS the 1ST STAGE BIDDING THE ELIGIBILITY STAGE Datatrail Corporation DID N0T submit their Eligibility documents thereby grossly violating the RA9184 and IRR, this PhP 55,000 taxpaying company getting the multi-billion projects in AFP by fraud and influence peddling.

    We know you as Mr. Clean honest disciplinarian and well known as criminal fraud buster, you hate Cheaters (ayaw po ninyo sa mga sinungaling, mapaglinlang, manlalamang, magnanakaw at mandaraya) especially when they are taking advantage of your good image; even using you and your good name by photo ops. We just saw you recently with Mr. Trinos and Ms. Gemma Cruz-Araneta at PLM during the ceremony welcoming the two new Regents. This is quite disturbing knowing that your good reputation will be at stake here gladly endorsing Mr. Trinos as Manila Regent. Mr. Jesus Trinos is currently involved in various fraudulent illegal activities highly anomalous deals controversial biddings and kickback schemes seen to be raking millions of dollars in government deals that are tainted with graft and corruption issues, influence peddling, grave collusion, daylight robbery and treacherous conspiracy among suppliers and the AFP DND BAC.

    Jesus Trinos Jr. PLMAAI President (representative/agent for Ceragon Networks Israel, Datatrail Corp. and Alcatel) and Hermie Orbe PLM Foundation President (representative/agent for Alcatel) are both MAJOR PLAYERS here as telecommunications suppliers actively participating in the highly anomalous controversial AFP deals and they are on the way to transfer the AFP Modernization Program Funds thru PLM Foundations in which they elected themselves as officers to control the PLM Scholarship bank accounts they opened these bank accounts in Makati City (not in Manila) !?? These suppliers bagged Contracts the AFP Modernization Program Funds illegally, by massive fraud, collusion and these conspiring vendors have entered into JVA (c/o Ceragon Networks Israel and Datatrail Corp.) without Income Tax Return Stamped Receipt from BIR (EFS), etc., grossly violated the latest Government Procurement Act RA 9184 and IRR on JVA published early 2005. Like the Film Scam in 1994 (where the late Ms. Viveka Babajee the Miss Mauritius 1994, she announced the Winners by Fraud; likewise here, the suppliers in conspiracy with the AFP DND BAC 2005-2006 they announced the Winner thru a mere JVA declaration they exacted ‘switching of ballots/Winners’ i.e., thru a JVA, AN INSTANT Winner was declared by DND BAC, Winner without eligibility documents and BYPASSED THE 1ST STAGE BIDDING THE ELIGIBILITY STAGE ! )

    Government fraud is A VERY SERIOUS CRIME !

    This is a national interest and your local government interest as well especially that one of your Regents was deeply involved in these illegal acts that are tainted with GRAFT AND CORRUPTION and fraudulent transactions, the AFP DND BAC highly controversial anomalous deals.

    Sadya po nilang iniligaw yung mga Signatories na binabanggit nila. They DID NOT follow the rule of law the latest RA 9184 and IRR on JVA published early 2005. Datatrail Corporation DID NOT participate the 1ST STAGE BIDDING which is the MOST IMPORTANT STAGE BECAUSE IT IS THERE WHERE WE CAN SEE IF THIS COMPANY, DATATRAIL CORPORATION IS PAYING THE RIGHT TAXES and TO SEE THE QUALIFICATION HISTORY OF DATATRAIL CORPORATION, wala po silang pinakitang kahit anong ELIGIBILITY Documents. Again, Datatrail Corporation DID NOT participate the 1ST STAGE Bidding. This is highly illegal and criminal offense as a Contractor, obviously THIS BIDDING AND AWARDING OF CONTRACT WAS TAINTED WITH GRAFT AND CORRUPTION.

    And So, the public may know !


    TO SHOW PROOF OF EVIDENCE THAT We have NOT seen Datatrail Corp. during the 1ST STAGE THE ELIGIBILITY STAGE Bidding, here’s an AFP document from their online archive:

    AFP Modernization Program Fixed Communications System Bid Bulletin (notice ONLY four bidders’ ELIGIBILITY DOCUMENTS WERE SCRUTINIZED, namely: Alcatel Phils., Inc., Lucent Technologies, Nera Phils., and Ceragon Networks)

    X X X X X X
    Fixed Communication System (stage/status: 1st stage of the 2-stage procurement mode was held last September 8, 2005; new invitation to apply for eligibility and to bid (ITAEB) will be issued on October 20, 2005)
    Procurement Stage: 1st Stage – Opening and Submission of Bids
    ABC: P447,360,000.00
    Length of Delivery: 240 calendar days upon issuance of Notice to Proceed
    Highlights : Through a Supplemental Bulletin, the deadline for submission and opening of bids for the 1st stage bidding for this project was changed from 25 August 2005 to 8 September 2005, 9:00 a.m. On the day of submission and opening of bids, 4 companies complied, namely Alcatel Phils., Inc., Lucent Technologies, Nera Phils., and Ceragon Networks. None of them failed when their eligibility envelopes were opened. During the initial evaluation of the technical proposals of the 4 bidders, the BAC declared that they all passed, yet subject to post qualification/evaluation. BAC shall formally announce in writing, through the Secretariat, the results of the evaluation. Schedule of the opening of the revised technical proposal and their financial proposals (i.e. 2nd phase of a two-stage bidding process) is scheduled on October 20, 2005 due to request of bidders for longer time to prepare revised technical proposals.

    X X X X X

    Based on the AFP BAC’s Bid Bulletin, it showed beyond doubt that there were ONLY 4 Bidders, not 5; the private Filipino company Datatrail Corp. was not in the list !

    WHERE’s DATATRAIL CORPORATION during the 1st STAGE Bidding ?? No docs ? Missing in action ? Datatrail Corporation totally ignored the 1ST STAGE ELIGIBILITY STAGE. THEY HAVEN’T EVEN SUBMITTED THEIR EFS BIR Certifications PAID Stamped Receipt equivalent to 50% of the ABC and Qualifications History, etc ? So now here’s the question, IS THIS the “level playing field” that AFP DND BAC were talking about ? Bakit napakalakas naman po yata ng Datatrail Corporation sa DND BAC. Kung kelan halos patapos na ang bidding, dun lang ididikit yung name nila sa Project na naka- “JVA” kuno ! Dahil po ba kasi masyadong malaki ang Kickbacks or “TONG-PATS” !??