Budget chief content with procurement law, Duterte wants amendment: Koko

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Posted at Jan 11 2019 01:50 PM | Updated as of Jan 11 2019 01:53 PM

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MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte and his budget secretary, Benjamin Diokno, have differing views on the current Procurement Law, a lawmaker close to the chief executive said Friday.

Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, Duterte's long-time party-mate and the first Senate president in his term, filed a bill seeking to amend the Government Procurement Reform Act, which was enacted in 2003, as he agrees with the chief executive that the law needs to be reviewed.

Diokno, however, believes "it's a very good law, no need to amend it," said the lawmaker. The budget chief is accused of favoring a contractor for projects in the Bicol region.

Pimentel's proposal wants bidders selected based on "value for money" and not just the lowest offer, Pimentel told DZMM's Failon Ngayon. It also sought to increase the penalties, both administratively and criminally.

He admits there is a "very slim" chance the bill would be passed in time for the closing of the current congress, which will go into recess next month in time for the campaign period.