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N. Vizcaya execs bought car bling worth P.7M sans bidding

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya–The provincial government has surreptitiously purchased car accessories worth almost P700,000 for 12 sports utility vehicles (SUVs) of board members here without following the law and procedures on government procurement, documents have revealed.

Records showed that as early June last year, members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, who were each issued brand new Toyota Fortuner units, bought car accessories worth P682,823 without public bidding, in violation of Republic Act 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act.

A listing of the items bought also revealed that the board members had installed accessories on their vehicles not classified by law as necessary, but merely for ornament and comfort.

This Toyota Fortuner issued to Board Member Efren Quiben was installed with P102,000-worth of car accessories. Photo by Melvin Gascon
This Toyota Fortuner (license plate SHZ 299) issued to provincial board member Efren Quiben was installed with about P102,000-worth of car accessories, the most for any member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. It now features a carrier, chrome light covers, side mirror covers and door handle fittings, and LED lights. Inside the vehicle, there’s more. Photo by Melvin Gascon

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