OFFICIALS of the Department Transportation and Communications (DOTC) involved directly in the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT3) operation violated the Anti-Graft and Corruption Practices, according to the findings of the Senate public services sub-committee on transportation.
The Committee also cited negligence and inaction on the part of DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya with regard to the MRT 3 malfunction problem.
In a 45-page draft committee report, the sub-panel chaired by Senator Grace Poe said MRT officials violated Section 3 of the anti-graft law when they chose Dalian, the train coach supplier, without consulting the MRT Corporation (MRTC), the private owner of the trains system.
The MRT officials caused undue injury to government when they gave a private party unwarranted benefits and advantage. The report added that these officials violated the law when they signed a contract that is grossly disadvantageous to the government.
“The subcommittee observed the badges of negligence and inactions of the Department Transportation and Communications officials led by Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya indicating insensitiveness, callous indifference and acts disadvantageous to the commuters, the Filipino public and the government,” Poe said in her report.
The senate sub-panel also recommended the submission of the report to the Office of the Ombudsman, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Civil service Commission (CSC) for appropriate actions.
Poe earlier said that Abay should be charged for the MRT mess because he approved the questionable contract.