Duterte wants to change gov't bidding process

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 7) — President Rodrigo Duterte challenged his critics to try and stop him from scrapping public biddings.

In his speech at the National Economic and Development Authority anniversary Tuesday, the President said the current system is open to abuse.

Companies offer low bids so they can bag a project, but in the end they make up for it by shortchanging government.

If they can't lower their bids, they bribe officials to win the contract.

That's why the President is pushing to change the rules, and use the Swiss Challenge instead. This system is when interested parties can submit their own proposal to the government.

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If the government takes it on, they'll invite other groups to try and get a better offer either through an ever better proposal or a lower price.

In his speech, the President said, "'Yang lowest bid na 'yan, that is the source of all corruption, beginning from the national to the local, hanggang barangay."

[Translation: That lowest bid, that is the source of all corruption, beginning from the national to the local, until the barangay level.]

Duterte added, "Swiss challenge na lang kung gusto mo... COA seems to be adamant on it. So I'm telling the Congress, I will not follow you. Magkagulo tayo... mag-demanda kayo. Tutal, sabay-sabay lang sila sa human rights."

[Translation: We can do the Swiss challenge if you prefer...COA seems to be adamant on it. So I'm telling the Congress, I will not follow you. There might be trouble...you can sue. They can go with human rights.]

On another topic, the President turned down the invite of the European Union (EU) with the harshest of words.

He cursed the EU again, saying they only wanted to bring him to Europe so they could insult and interrogate him.

The EU has been one of the harshest critics of alleged extrajudicial killings in the country.

The President also denied reports he was flying to the United States despite a standing offer from U.S. President Donald Trump.

He said, "I hate to travel really. I mean, I've been invited by the EU. Isa pa rin 'yang mga g*** diyan, isang organization na... Mismong, si (European Council president Donald) Tusk, the Commission and the Council invited me to Brazil. Sabi ko, 'For what?' Kung tingin ninyo sa akin ganun noon, sabi ko, why change your assessment of my persona? So what I'm going — what am I supposed to go there? To ask me questions? Insultuhin ninyo ako?"

[Translation: I hate to travel, really. I mean, I've been invited by the EU. Another group that is foolish...Tusk himself, the Commission and the Council invited me to Brazil. I said, "For what?" If you saw me that way before, I said, why change your assessment of my persona? So what I'm going — what am I supposed to go there? To ask me questions? You will insult me?]

Lastly, the President reserved his strongest threats to telco companies.

Without naming names, he accused them of making too many demands on the government.

Telcos want to be compensated should the government confiscate their frequencies to give away to a third player.

He said, if they continue to test him, he will order the Bureau of Internal Revenue to audit them instead.

"But I had a warning for these people dito sa telco. Sabi ko sa kanila, just send them this message: 'Do not — this government.' 'Wag ninyo tatakutin, kaso-kaso. Maya-maya magdating 'yang BIR and start to audit you during the first year of your business," Duterte said.

[Translation: But I had a warning for these people in the telco. I said, just send them this message, "Do not — this government. Don't scare me with lawsuits. The BIR might arrive and start to audit you during the first year of your business.]