GEFF Confident Coretech Appeal Will Be Thrown Out

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“I think the appeals and the protest of Coretech are going to be dismissed and that we’ll be able to go forward and start working on our brand new school for Simon Sanchez as quickly as possible,” said Flores.

Guam – The hearing on Coretech’s appeal of their initial protest of the award of construction of Simon Sanchez high school to the Guam Educational Facilities Foundation continued today (Thurs). GEFF member Phil Flores is confident that the OPA will throw out the appeal.

 

“I think the appeals and the protest of Coretech are going to be dismissed and that we’ll be able to go forward and start working on our brand new school for Simon Sanchez as quickly as possible,” said Flores.

However for Yigo Mayor Rudy Matanane that’s still not quick enough. “All we want is to just get this over with and build a new school because as far as I’m concerned that’s what this is what it’s all about. It’s all about the kids and what the kids need. The present school that they’re attending is very unsafe and the faster that they get this appeal done with, so OPA can make a decision on their presentation and reject it that’s the only way they’re gonna move forward in building this school because if this is gonna keep dragging on everything is gonna drag on,” said Mayor Matanane.

Matanane said that when the bid was awarded and presented at Simon Sanchez they told the students that the school would be done by 2018. “We’re not gonna keep our promise. We can’t keep our promise now we told the kids that they’re gonna get a new school. We were waiting with the bid. The bid came and then the appeal came and now our promise is empty,” said Matanane.

Flores said this is all Coretech’s fault. Coretech has protested this award three separate times. All three protests were thrown out and now they are appealing the last two protests that were thrown out. “Coretech is absolutely bogging things down with this they just want to get another contract. I mean I want you to compare what we’ve done, Okkodo, Liguan, Adacao, compare that to Tiyan. I mean it just isn’t right and they want to do another one,” said Flores.

 

Flores says that Coretech is raising arguments in their appeal that weren’t even a part of their original protests that they are appealing. “We think that Coretech is being frivolous. They are raising things in the appeal process that were not even protested before so it shouldn’t even be before the OPA’s office. They’re trying to say there are certain people involved who we’ve influenced. This was never brought up before, so I don’t know if that’s gonna even be considered.” The Coretech hearings will continue next Thursday.