If Senators Chiz Escudero and Grace Poe can have it their way, the private owners of the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT 3) should be held accountable for the train system’s woes.
Poe, during a radio interview with Radyo 5 on Tuesday, noted that the MRT Holdings, the private partners of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), “have been milking the government” for years and yet they have not done anything to address the train system’s problems.
“What did they do with the money they got from the government?” she asked.
Escudero believes that MRT Holdings should be charged in court for its failure to act to make sure the trains were in tip-top shape by purchasing new coaches and upgrade the system, among other moves, years earlier.
“Why did they have to wait to this day before finally realizing it’s time to upgrade the mass transport system when the problem is already there?” he asked.
Well, Your Honors… do what you have to do!
Batangas councilor in hot water for carting away millions?
A councilor from Talisay, Batangas, may soon find himself facing several estafa charges from local businessmen and even from his former friends for reportedly running off with their money from joint ventures and business partnerships with him.
Councilor Lawrence Pesigan is the subject of complaints from a number of businessmen in Batangas for allegedly failing to remit to them their share from the income of the businesses in partnership with him.
They swore that at first, Pesigan would diligently give their share of the income or profit. But as months went on, he would not remit the cash collected from clients, and eventually vanish in thin air.
And as if his troubles are not enough, Pesigan allegedly took off recently with almost half a million pesos of a business partner’s share of their business in Manila.
The businessman, who asked not to be identified anymore, told this writer that he trusted Pesigan too much by allowing him to collect their receivables on several occasions.
And finally, just last week the local official did not show up anymore in their business office and did not answer his phone.
Efforts to reach Councilor Pesigan for comment proved futile as he refused to pick up our calls.
I guess this should serve as a warning to all those with whom he is having business dealings, that they have to take extra precaution especially when it is all about money.
I am sure Councilor Pesigan has no more plans to run for reelection in the local race in 2016.
What a waste, Mr. Pesigan!