According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, former Philippine Navy chief Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado made some trips to the corporate headquarters of Thales Tacticos.
“I was hoping that I could bring the documents here proving that he has even gone on trips to the office of Tacticos. But I failed to get it because the people in the Navy were still testifying,” Roque said during February 19 press briefing in Malacañang.
“Perhaps tomorrow, I will get the documentary evidence that his interest in Tacticos goes beyond the reputation of Tacticos, that he has actually made several trips to the corporate headquarters of Tacticos. And of course, we don’t know why he made these trips to the Tacticos’ office,” he added.
Roque also said that the issue being tackled is the Combat Management System (CMS).
“Nag-expire na po iyong guaranteed price na in-offer ng Hyundai [for CMS]. And by the time, we had entered into the contract, they were not bound by the same price because it was only good for 120 days, and we failed to enter into the contract within 120 days,” he added.
“So nagkaroon na po nang pagtaas ang Tacticos. At ang sabi naman nila, kung gugustuhin ninyo, magbabayad kayo ng seven million more for each, $7 million for each frigate or $14 million additional. And I do not know if you heard, but Secretary Diokno expressed the learned opinion that you cannot do that after the bidding,” Roque explained.