NBI formally files anti-dummy charges vs Megawide, GMR officials

The anti-fraud division of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has formally filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) a complaint against a high-ranking official of Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) as well as top executives of GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC) for violation of the Anti-Dummy Law.

BILYONARYO reported Tuesday the recommendation by the NBI-AFD for the prosecution of these officials.

Among the respondents to the case as identified by NBI officer-in-charge (OIC) director Eric B. Distor are MCIAA general manager Stevey Dicdican and GMCIA officials Edgar Saavedra, Louie Ferrer, Oliver Tan, JZ Dela Cruz, and foreign foreign officials Srivinas Bommidala (Indian), P. Sripathy (Singaporean), Vivek Singhai (Indian), Andrew Acquaah-Harrison (Ghananian), Ravi Bhatnagar (Indian), Ravishankar Saravu (Indian), Michael Lenane (Irish), Sudarshan MD (Indian), Kumar Gaurav (Indian), Magesh Nambiar (Indian), and Rajesh Madan (Indian).

Distor said the case stemmed from a complaint with respect to the awarding of the operation and management of the MCIA to the GMR-Megawide group after winning the bid for P14.4 billion.

The contract involves the expansion and operation of MCIA which consists of the construction of a new passenger terminal with nall associated infrastructure facilities; rehabilitation and expansion of the existing terminal along with all associated infrastructure and facilities; installation of the required information technology and other equipment commensurate with the operations; and operation and maintenance of both passenger terminals during the concession period.

The NBI accused the respondents of conspiring and orchestrating a scheme that resulted in the violation of the 1987 Constitution and the Anti-Dummy Law.

It added that based on the evidence, the MCIA is operated, administered, and managed by non-Filipinos more particularly by an Irish, a Ghanaian, and several Indians who have profound control, enjoyment and control over a Philippine public utility.

This was allegedly done with the knowledge and approval of the Filipino officers of MCIAA and GMCAC, among whom are Dicdican, Saavedra, Ferrer, Tan, and Cruz.

Dicdican, being an official of a government entity, was also accused of violating the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

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