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Parang si Wanda lang! Kiko wants Calida out

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Senator Kiko Pangilinan is calling for the resignation of Solicitor General Jose Calida following revelations that his family’s security firm bagged multimillion contracts with several government agencies.

“If DOT (Department of Tourism) Secretary Wanda Teo resigned because the DoT/PTV-4 favored her Tulfo brothers’ TV production company to the tune of P60 million worth of government contracts, then Solicitor General Jose Calida, the lawyer of the government, should resign as well,” Pangilinan said Monday (May 28) in a Facebook post.

“Family TV production company. Family security agency. Same same. Halos times 3 nga lang ‘yung halaga nung kay Calida,” he said.

Politiko has reported that Vigilant Investigative and Security Agency, Inc. (VISAI), owned by Calida and wife Milagros Parantar Ordaneza, has bagged a multimillion contract with the House of Representatives, a
P40 million contracts with the National Parks Development Committee and two contracts with the National Anti-Poverty Commission and the National Economic Development Authority worth P9.8 million.

Aside from these, Pangilinan said VISAI has bagged contracts with the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation and the Department of Justice, where the Office of the Solicitor General is an attached agency.

All in all, Pangilinan said, the Calidas’ security firm has bagged P150 million in contracts.

Calida has previously denied conflict of interest in these deals, claiming that he has divested all his shares from the company.

But a complaint with the Office of the Ombudsman, filed by a supporter of ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, shows that Calida still owned 60 percent of the company, in violation of Section 9 of Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees

The law states that public officials must “avoid conflict of interest at all times” and mandates them to resign from any position in private businesses in 30 days after assuming office or divest shareholdings or interest in 60 days after assuming office.

Earlier, Teo resigned following the release of a Commission on Audit report which flagged a P60 million contract between the DOT and PTV-4, which required the state television network to run tourism advertisements on “Kilos Pronto,” a program owned and operated by her brothers, Ben and Erwin.