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SolGen by day, sekyu by night! Calida, wife’s security agency bags P40M contract for Luneta, Paco Park

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A security agency owned by Solicitor General Jose Calida and his family allegedly bagged a whopping P40 million deal to provide security guards and CCTV operators at the Luneta and Paco Park.

No less than Calida’s wife, Milagros O. Calida, chair and president of Vigilant Investigative and Security Agency, Inc. (VISAI), allegedly signed the contracts with Penelope Diaz Belmonte, executive director of the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC).

The NPDC is an agency attached to the Department of Tourism tasked to beautify, preserve and maintain the country’s premier park, the Luneta, and the smaller but historic Paco Park, both in Manila.

The website of the Office of the Solicitor General has identified Calida’s wife as Milagros. His official bio on the OSG website also mentioned that he was once the Chairman and president of VISAI, and General Counsel of Philippine Association of Detective and Protective Agency Operators, Inc.

An Atty. Mark Jorel was also listed among the Calidas three children. The young Calida sits as Vice President for Operations and Administration of VISAI since December, 2017, according to LinkedIn.

A native of Davao province, Calida was handpicked by President Duterte for the Solgen post.

The Solicitor General engineered the ouster of Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno through a quo warranto petition early this month. He also led government lawyers and Duterte’s allies at Congress in a case buildup against Senator Leila de Lima, who remains in detention.

Sereno and De Lima are known critics of President Duterte.

Following the ouster of Sereno, one her followers filed a criminal complaint against Calida over the supposedly unconstitutional quo warranto petition, graft for owning a security agency that had contracts with the government and immorality for maintaining extramarital relations with one of his staff.

Documents furnished to Politiko showed how the Calida-owned agency entered into multi-million contracts with the NPDC in a period of 18 months.

The first agreement, worth P10 million, was signed on June 29, 2017. It covered a period six months from July 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2017.

The contract said there was a bidding on June 21, 2017, but the documents could not be accessed from the NPDC website.

In the agreement, the VISAI was tasked to maintain peace and order in the Luneta Park and the NPDC office on T.M. Kalaw, and the Paco Park on San Marcelino St., Paco, protect the NPDC workers, park visitors as well as installations and properties from theft, vandalism and destruction either by outsiders or by NPDC employees.

The first contract is worth P10 million where VISAI will deploy for six months 37 security guards led by one detachment commander and two deputy detachment commanders, and four CCTV operators.

The second contract is worth P30 million where Calida’s firm will deploy for one year 55 security guards, one detachment commander, two deputy commanders, and 10 CCTV operators.

The agency will also provide canine service and additional security personnel for emergency situations.

On December 27, 2017, the NPDC announced a bid for security services for 2018.

VISAI submitted a bid of P29,244,670.62, while the other bidder, Maximum Security Services Corporation, P29,664,935.52.

The NPDC Bids and Awards Committee passed a resolution on Jan. 28, 2018, declaring VISAI the winning bidder.

On Jan. 31, 2018, Milagros Calida and her son, Atty. Mark Jorel Calida, met the NPDC executive director Penelope Belmonte for the signing of the second contract. (FBZ)