The National Assistance Program (PAN) under the controversial administration of Giacomo Tamburrelli (2009-2012), signed contracts worth millions of dollars with a number of companies, mostly newly formed selling multiple items from the same premises.
They were selling food bags, rubber boots, appliances, backpacks and even fertilizer.
The companies were mostly newly formed and created for the sole purpose of doing business with PAN, and between 2010 and 2011 administered at least $80 million of "items circuital" (items for distribution in electoral constituencies) and assigned by the Executive tp 71 deputies says a La Prensa inestigation
For example, the PAN paid more than $6 million in 2011 to three companies that sold school bags for the Ministry of Education to distribute throughout the country, through deputies and township representatives.
One of the favored companies with a contract of $ 2.1 million was APM Supplies, SA, whose physical address is the same as the company DHD International Management Corp., which is a clothing boutique.
The owner of both companies is Poulett Montero Morales, who told this La Prensa that in the boutique is a reserved area, with two desks-for the APM Supplies APM operation, which also sold stoves to PAN.
According to information from the Comptroller General, between 2010 and 2012 APM Supplies, SA processed purchase orders from PAN for over $500,000. These figures are in addition to millions for school backpacks. "My company sells everything, and I characterize myself as having good prices and quality products," said Montero Morales.
The company also received two direct contracts from the Minister of Education, Lucy Molinar, to provide backpacks: one in 2012 for nearly $4 million and another for $514,000 in 2011.
Morales denied any link of friendship or business relationship with the president, Ricardo Martinelli:. According to the Public Registry, Montero Morales appears as a director of the company Inmobilire Richelieu, Inc., owned by Martinelli.
Another company favored by Tamburrelli to ptovide backpacks provide the Ministry of Education was Hialing Corporation, SA
This company was incorporated in the Public Registry in August 2009, just a month after the Martinelli government began .
A year after its creation, on December 20, 2010, it was awarded a direct contract, by "invitation", of $2.1 million for the purchase of 280,000 backpacks.
The company is composed of Pablo Andres Ruiz, president, Felipe Campos, treasurer, and Ramiro Mora, secretary. They appear in several companies created between 2009 and 2010.
But selling backpacks and school is not the only business that appeals to this group of entrepreneurs. Says La Prensa. They are also linked to the company Arenera Isthmus, SA that, through a decree signed by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry on June 7, 2011, wasdeclared "eligible" for the extraction of non-metallic minerals. Eight months earlier, on April 13 of that year, the company had made the request to Mici.
This company has also been contracted by Minister Molinar, in the amount of $3.6 million to provide 532,000 bags.