Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sen. Escudero decries India made cars for PNP

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – Senator Francis Escudero assailed and promised to investigate the procurement of defective and questionable made in India cars the government bought for the national police.
 CAC Mahindra’s Enforcer Patrol Cars like this one 
in photo is being questioned by Senator Francis “Chiz” 
Escudero to be defective and dangerous because it was a
 conversion of a right hand  drive vehicle to a left drive car. 
(Photo Credit: Manila 

Escudero said the 1,470 units of CAC Mahindra’s Enforcer Patrol Cars that have been converted from right hand drive to left hand could endanger their passengers.
“India is a right hand drive vehicles’ country, ”he quipped to media men here Thursday.
The Department of Budget and Management approved the P1.3 billion budget for their procurement.
He cited that when the driver manoeuvre the driving wheel to the right, the right front wheel did not jibe to the desired location of the driver.

Because it is converted, it is easy to manoeuvre the driving wheel of this car to the left side compared to the right side. When you do u-turn it should always be in the left otherwise it would be risky if you make a u-turn at the right side,” he stressed.
Escudero deplored that the government should not to put into peril the lives of police men or soldiers by providing them substandard vehicles like Mahindra.
Sisilipin namin iyan, lalo na sa (Senate) budget deliberation na ito”
He questions also the signal lights of the vehicle. He cited a case in his province Sorsogon where the signal light of the car blinks on the right side despite the driver turning on the left button.
The author (in akimbo), a resident of Brgy. Inas, M'lang, Cotabato
posed for posterity with Senator Chiz Escudero

The other questions the senator wants to ask those responsible for the procurement are the numbers of cars that have been sold to the Philippines before the government bought them, the availability of their spare parts in the country, the capacity of local mechanics to fix them in the places where they are designated, the terms of reference on the bid if the foreign maker had sold 200 thousand to 300 thousand cars in the country before the DBM approved their purchased.
According to ACAC Mahindra's President Felix Mabilog Jr, as quoted by TopGear website, most of his bidding competitors were dealers and CAC Mahindra was the only car distributor.
Unlike the dealers who would have had to outsource the conversion of the vehicle body, CAC Mahindra--being a distributor and not a dealer--was the only bidder with an assembly plant facility to have its patrol units' bodies done locally in its factory.
"That was our advantage over our competitors," Mabilog said. "The Enforcer's bodies were factory-made here."

Mabilog said many in the Philippines did not like CAC Mahindra.
 "Some of our competitors really spent money to put down Mahindra. Check the bidding records. The vehicle requirements for bidding were adjusted three to four times not for our benefit, but to put us at a disadvantage."

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