Megawide-GMR statement refuting alleged conflict of interest on Cebu airport bid, says rival Filinvest undermining bid process

Megawide – GMR Consortium strongly refutes allegations of conflict of interest and dismisses yet another bid by Filinvest – CAI consortium to undermine the bid process for Mactan – Cebu Airport PPP Project

In yet another bid to undermine the due process being followed by PBAC, Filinvest – CAI consortium released a formal press release dated 9th January 2014 raising unfounded allegations against Megawide – GMR consortium. Megawide – GMR consortium believes that this is yet another attempt by the Filinvest – CAI consortium to exert undue influence on PBAC and seek our disqualification after we emerged as the highest bidder for the Mactan – Cebu Airport project.
These new false allegations are the second such attempt by the Filinvest – CAI consortium, where they had earlier made false allegations about GMR Group’s capability to undertake this project. Megawide – GMR had answered all of these allegations, in a satisfactory manner, to PBAC. Having failed in their previous attempt to achieve our disqualification, Filinvest – CAI consortium is now exhibiting a trend of raising one irrelevant issue after another in their pursuit of the Mactan – Cebu Airport project in the pre-award verification stage and thereby undermining the bid rules laid out for all bidders.
With respect to the allegations of conflict of interest, we would like to highlight our belief that these are mischievous in nature, are clearly aimed at unduly influencing the outcome of the bidding process and pre-empting the post-qualification process being conducted by DOTC at present. It is our belief that these actions are a clear violation of Section 11.c of the Instructions to Bidders.
While the Megawide – GMR consortium has provided detailed clarifications and documentations to PBAC already on this issue, for the sake of absolute clarity on the issue, we would like to clarify to the media as well that there is absolutely no conflict of interest between Megawide – GMR consortium and the First Philippine Airports Consortium as per the bidding rules. For the avoidance of any doubt, the bidding entity representing GMR in our consortium is GMR Infrastructure and Tansri Bashir of MAHB has no role to play in the bid since he is not a member of the Board of directors of GMR Infrastructure. Moreover, the presence of Tansri Bashir on the Boards of our four airport subsidiaries is not in violation of any of the PBAC rules governing the bid process.
We emphasize the fact that we have always acted in good faith and have always observed all rules and regulations in relation to the bidding. We strongly condemn the repeated gross violation of bidding rules & regulations by Filinvest – CAI consortium in raising irrelevant issues in a desperate pursuit to seek our disqualification.
Furthermore, we also re-iterate our commitment that if awarded, we will honour our commitment to collaborate with the Cebu community to deliver an airport that all Filipinos and Cebuanos will be proud to call their own.

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