(Last Updated On: September 17, 2022)
The Department of Justice (DOJ) revealed that Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) former general manager and chief executive officer Steve Dicdican, 15 Filipino and foreign top officials of GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC) for allegedly violating the anti-dummy law. . The case arised from a complaint filed with the National Bureau of Investigation, allegedly Mactan Cebu International Airport is operated and managed by non-Filipinos with the knowledge of the Filipino officers of the airport and GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC).
NBI also said with the private complainant Mr. Larry Iguidez that Mr. Steve Dicdican violated the improved Commonwealth era Anti-Dummy Law associated with the awarding of the 25-year operations and maintenance contract to Megawide Construction Corporation and its Indian partner GMR Infrastructure Limited for the MCIA in 2014. On October 8 announced on October 14, Department of Justice (DOJ) also indicted Dicdican for “knowingly assisting, aiding and abetting the commission of a violation of the anti-dummy law.
The 15 Filipino and foreign top officials of GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC) will be filed with separate charges and will be charged before the regional trial court in Central Visayas. Foreign nationals Andrew Acquaah-Harrison, Ravi Bhatnagar, Ravishankar Saravu, Michael Lenane, Sudarshan Madhav Doddathota, Kumar Gaurav, Magesh Nambiar and Rajesh Madan acted as executives, managers or employees of the corporation ‘in the guise of being advisors, experts and/or technical personnel.’ Prosecutors said.
Megawide said, it has not received any official documents pertaining the filing of criminal charges against the directors and officers of GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC) for the alleged violation of the Anti-Dummy Law. Rest assured that we will respond to this case in the proper fora, and do so successfully. Megawide and its subsidiaries have always been and continue to be firmly adherent to all applicable laws, rules, and regulations, particularly regarding public-private partnership projects such as the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA)