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DTI: No third-party qualified to investigate Montero Sport SUA

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Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: AutoIndustriya.com | posted April 18, 2016 12:58

Lone bidder found to be unqualified to investigate alleged Montero Sport SUA

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) has done all it can to clear up any lingering doubts regarding the performance of the second-generation Montero Sport and its alleged 'sudden unintended acceleration (SUA)' issue that hit the headlines in 2015.

During the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) investigation, MMPC presented their top executives, the Montero Sport and various other tests done by the automaker's Japan headquarters Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC). Despite MMPC's best effort, the DTI ruled that it will require an independent, third-party firm to make a qualified assessment of whether or not the Montero Sport did suffer from SUA.

Yesterday, the DTI's Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) announced that it only received a single bid for the service of investigating the allegations of SUV versus the Montero Sport.

The firm's name was undisclosed but the committee said that the bidder failed to submit a document to indicate that it has completed a similar project with a value that is at least 50-percent of the approved budget for the Montero Sport SUA contract.

"Under the law, if the bidder is non-compliant, the DTI Bids and Awards Committee will proceed in accordance with the Government Procurement Process. There will be mandatory review as to why there was a failure of bid. We will convene this review committee immediately," said DTI Undersecretary Atty. Victorio Maria A. Dimagiba.

"We are bound by the results of the fact-finding investigation as well as the resolution of the House (of Representatives). And if SUA is established, DTI's role is to decide on the proper actions provided for under the law to safeguard public safety," added Dimagiba.

A reliable source revealed earlier this year that the DTI had even proposed to MMPC a third-party test to be done abroad, but will be shouldered by the company since the agency does not have the budget to perform such activity. But automaker declined due to "confict of interest".