Contract ain’t with OSG: Guevarra defends Calida security agency’s deal with DOJ
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Tuesday defended the Department of Justice (DOJ) to secure a contract with the security agency of Solicitor General Jose Calida.
“It’s a private security agency, not the OSG (Office of the Solicitor General) or the SolGen, who entered into the contracts with the DOJ,” Guevarra said.
“For now let’s presume that the contracts were validly entered into, unless it could be shown that procurement laws were violated,” he said.
With this, the DOJ chief said that he will not order a probe over the DOJ contract with Vigilant Investigative and Security Agency, Inc.
“Unless there’s a challenge to the validity of the contracts, there is no need for us to investigate” he said.
Calida is already facing a complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman over his family’s ownership of Vigilant.
Because of this, there has been numerous calls for Calida to resign as solicitor general.