By Nancy Carvajal
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is looking into the death of a businessman who lost the bidding for the purchase of medical supplies by the local government of San Antonio, Nueva Ecija.
Albert Angelo Esconido, 30, was shot dead in his pickup truck while he was driving along Cabiao highway on March 8.
NBI senior agent Suzette Tucay told Politiko that Esconido had come from the opening of bids and was on his way to Manila when an unidentified gunman fired at his vehicle.
“We found out that the victim is the first outsider who participated in the municipal bidding. For the longest time, isa lang ang bidder,” Tucay said.
The NBI agent said it was possible that Esconido’s killing was related to the bidding of P7 million worth of medical supplies.
Documents submitted by the victim’s family to the NBI showed that details of the bidding was posted on Philgeps, the online portal for all government-funded purchases that were open to bidding.
Tucay said Esconido’s family were not invited to the bidding even though it was public. “They did not know that no other bidders joined,’’ she said.
The NBI agent said Esconido’s grandmother, who was supposed to attend the bidding but backed out, found the businessman’s death “senseless” because he didn’t dispute the loss.