Guv won’t pay contractors without court order

IMG_6952Governor Hilario P. Davide III stands firm in his position to withhold payment for projects contracted without prior approval from the provincial board (PB).

This holds true unless there is a judicial order.“If the court orders us to pay you, then we will pay,” said Davide in a meeting with Duros Development Corporation at the Capitol on Thursday, January 17.

The governor told them that he would welcome any suit against the province for the enforcement of the contracts.

Davide likewise asked for their understanding on the issue. Davide said the contracts are illegal from the very beginning because the previous administration bypassed the authority of the provincial board.

As a lawyer, he explained he cannot flip flop on his decision especially because he promised good governance during his political campaign. He said in his interviews that if they ratify the contracts, it appears they would condone an illegal act.

He however, assured that he will not take it against the contractors if they will seek for the enforcement of the contracts with the court.

“There is nothing personal here,” he said.

Engr. LitoBarino, president of Duros, however, refused to comment on the governor’s statement. He said they have not yet decided what to do next.

More than 30 contractors claim payment from the Capitol. The costs of the unfinished and finished projects have reached more than half a billion. All these were contracted without prior PB approval. Xerxes Alkuino