NBI to probe sellers of overpriced med equipment

May 27, 2020

THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will investigate a 'couple' who allegedly offered to sell overpriced COVID-19 medical equipment to the government.

“The President has given a direct order to the NBI. I will make sure that the order is implemented,” Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday said.

In his recent public address, President Duterte asked his Cabinet officials about a certain "Co" couple who sought the government to sell equipment at a higher price.

“The NBI should study the matter very, very carefully because you know these sons of bitches businessmen whether it’s really an issue of humanity and their greed, their hoarding,” Duterte said.

Budget Underscretary Lloyd Lao disclosed that the couple are owners of Omnibus Bio-Medical Systems, a distributor of Sansure in the Philippines.

He said the couple wrote to the Department of Budget and Management and offered automated extraction machine at P4 million, while another e-mail indicated that the equipment is priced P4.35 million.

But Lao said Sen. Panfilo Lacson said that the machine can be bought directly from Sansure at P1.75 million.

Lao said the couple’s company did not win in the bidding as the government opted to buy from a Hong-Kong based corporation also distributing Sansure, "but they are complaining why are we not respecting their exclusive distributorship."

He said he met with Sansure officials on May 22 and on Monday, and asked the company to sell directly to the country.