Army spokesperson Col. Xerxes Trinidad bared that a technical inspection is underway for 49 light troop carriers, 18 medium cargo trucks, and three ambulances produced by Chinese state-owned Dongfeng Motors.
Trinidad said that an ambulance costs nearly P5 million each, light troop carriers cost around P2.5 million each, and medium cargo trucks cost nearly P5 million each.
On July 15, the vehicles arrived and were assigned to a Zamboanga City Army unit.
According to Trinidad, the lowest bidder was Jinyi Import & Export Trading Co. Inc. Other bidders included Kia Motors of South Korea and Ural of Russia.
The vehicles are currently receiving a thorough inspection as well as several field tests.
“The delivery itself is for technical inspection, if we will accept it. So there’s a big possibility that if what they delivered was not what was promised regarding specifications, we will not accept. Definitely,” said Trinidad.
Trinidad further said that after the technical inspection, more information regarding the transaction will be disclosed.