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Cebu’s traffic, CCTV projects questioned

A known “whistleblower” has asked the Cebu City Council and the National Bureau of Investigation to probe alleged irregularities in the city’s procurement of the P248-million traffic light and closed circuit TV camera systems.

Engineer Crisologo Saavedra questioned the sourcing of the traffic and CCTV systems even as he called on the council and the NBI to look into the many sick leaves filed by Mayor Edgardo Labella.

In an exclusive interview by Daily Tribune, Saavedra claimed the bidding for the equipment was anomalous.

He urged the city’s bids and award committee (BAC) to submit to the council all the documents pertaining to the bidding for Phase 1 of the project.

Saavedra cited the need to take a closer look on the contractor, the collection documents and the two requests for extensions and percentage completion.

He claimed the bidding was rigged to favor the contractor.

A resident of barangay Tisa in Cebu City, Saavedra was also the complainant in graft cases filed in relation to the 2007 ASEAN lampposts project, as well as the purchase of the controversial Balili property in the City of Naga, Cebu.

Saavedra also questioned why Labella “turned over and transferred his full authority to city administrator Floro Casas Jr. even if he was not elected by Cebuanos.

Casas said his camp has yet to receive the complaint but added that he respects Saavedra’s right to file the complaint.

“We have not yet received the complaint. But in general, while we respect his right to file whatever case he wants, we are not afraid as we always strictly follow Republic Act 9185 in all procurements,” Casas said.

Saavedra claimed he has strong evidence that the BAC and Casas conspired with each other.

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