P1.2B night attack chopper deal goes to Ombudsman

DEFENSE Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. has approved the recommendation of a fact-finding body to refer to the Ombudsman further investigation of at least four officials involved in the irregular bidding of P1.2 billion worth of night-capable attack helicopters.

Teodoro did not name the officials but a source said they were led by Roberto Noqui, chair of the bids and awards committee (BAC) that declared Asian Aerospace as the winning bidder although the firm’s aircraft cannot carry the required payload of 3,000 pounds.

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