Group says P 14-B land reclamation project in Manila Bay a scam
THE fisherfolk alliance said the conractor which bag the P 14-billion land reclamation project covering coastal areas of Las Pinas and Paranaque is not registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and has never submitted any financial statement to SEC.
The group learned it from a business column which came out recently. The business column said that All Tech Contractors Inc is not registered with SEC and the company has no financial record submitted to SEC, which are strict requirements for any company doing business in the country.
“The Filipino public is hereby informed that the P 14-B land reclamation project in Las Pinas and Paranaque is a grand scam, highly anomalous and certified illegal,” Pamalakaya national chairperson and Anakpawis party list vice chair Fernando Hicap said in a press statement.
The leader added: “Imagine, a P 14-B reclamation project is awarded by the Philippine government to a company which does not exist physically and materially speaking. On the contrary, the company only exists in the minds of people with sinister, corrupt and evil agenda.”
In the same article, All Tech Contractors Inc. office that was cited in a website registry — 1295 G. Araneta Ave next to Quezon Institute and Puregold Complex, turnd out to be non-existent, and that two of the three listed All Tech Inc. telephone numbers have been discontinued, with the third one connected to a residence.
” P 14-B is P 14-B hard-earned taxpayers’ money and it will be soon lost to a government client which does not exist at all. We hope the Senate and the House of Representatives will do their investigation on this high crime of corruption,” added Hicap.
The group called on President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to revoke the contract entered into by the national government through the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) with All Tech Contractors Inc, and should instruct the Department of Justice (DoJ) to investigate the involvement of PRA headed by its general manager Anthony Peter Abaya and Secretary Ramon Paje of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for awarding the contract to dubious developer and for giving a environmental compliance certificate to a reclamation firm which is non-existent.
“Malacanang through the general manager of PRA– Mr. Peter Anthony Abaya is dealing with reclamation syndicate like All Tech Contractors Inc. The Office of the President, the PRA and the shadowy group of All Tech Contractors Inc. must be stopped from pursuing this first rate crime of corruption and betrayal of public trust,” he said.
The Pamalakaya leader said last week his group and 11other groups filed a motion before the Supreme Court urging the high tribunal to allow them to intervene in the P 14-B reclamation case questioned by former Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia Villar and more than 300,000 residents of the city. France said they furnished a copy of the 14-page petition filed before the Supreme Court last Thursday to All Tech Contractors Inc. “We are sure, the high tribunal will return the copy to us because the copy is sent to a fake address used by the developer firm which was commissioned by PRA to develop the 635 hectare Las Pinas-Paranaque reclamation project,” France predicted.
“We strongly urge President Aquino to declare null and void the P 14-B contract his office sealed with All Tech Contractors Inc. The Office of the President and the PRA which is under the Office of the President made a big mistake in dealing with and in granting their seals of approval to All Tech Contractors to undertake reclamation projects along Manila Bay,” said Pamalakaya.
In a petition filed last week, Pamalakaya and 11 other groups appealed to the Supreme Court to allow them to intervene in the case filed by former Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia Villar against the P 14-B reclamation project.
Aside from Pamalakaya, the petitioners-intervenors include Anakpawis and Bayan Muna party list led by Reps. Rafael Mariano and Teodoro Casino respectively, the Koalisyon Kontra Kumbersyon ng Manila Bay (KKK-Manila Bay), the Bacoor-based Alyansa fisherfolk group, Pamalakaya-Bulacan chapter, the Sagip Manila Bay Movement (SMBM), the Save Freedom Island Movement (SFIM), the Center for Environmental Concerns (CEC-Philippines), the Kalikasan-People’s Network for the Environment, Earth Island Philippines and the Alliance for Stewardship and Authentic Progress (ASAP) argued that the P 14-B Las Pinas-Paranaque reclamation project involving 203.43 hectares of Paranaque coastal territory and 431.71 hectares of Las Pinas territory is major threat to the livelihood of small fisherfolk sourcing their subsistence from Manila Bay.