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Gun deal reveals flaws in procurement law

THE HEART of the government’s procurement system lies on the banks of the Pasig, just across the river from MalacaƱang Palace. But it is not a gleaming edifice that houses the state agency wielding considerable power over multimillion-peso government contracts. Instead, the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) sits on one part of a huge warehouse that is filled to the rafters with all sorts of government supplies.