Mar, Abaya tagged in train deal fiasco

8
Playing Favorites  Former Metro Rail Transit 3 GM Al Vitangcol shows affidavit that he filed before the Supreme Court on Thursday where he implicated former Transportation secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd in awarding an allegedly anomalous rail maintenance contract. PHOTO BY RUSSELL PALMA

Playing Favorites
Former Metro Rail Transit 3 GM Al Vitangcol shows affidavit that he filed before the Supreme Court on Thursday where he implicated former Transportation secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd in awarding an allegedly anomalous rail maintenance contract. PHOTO BY RUSSELL PALMA

FORMER Metro Rail Transit 3 General Manager Al Vitangcol finally broke his silence on the allegedly anomalous award of the MRT 3 maintenance contract to companies favored by the ruling Liberal Party (LP).

In an affidavit he submitted to the Supreme Court on Thursday, Vitangcol implicated two former secretaries of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) — Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd, the Liberal Party standard-bearer in the May 2016 elections, and Joseph Emilio Abaya.

He also tagged DOTC Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Jose Perpetuo Lotilla and Undersecretary Rene Limcaoco.

Vitangcol said the four officials “should have been the ones brought to justice for gross and inexcusable inaction if not willful and deliberate manipulation of the events and processes related to the maintenance of MRT 3.”


He accused Roxas of “deliberate inaction, delay and manipulation in the procurement of a maintenance service provider for MRT 3.”

Vitangcol said the original contract between Sumitomo Corp. and Metro Rail Transit Corporation (MRTC), which expired on June 21, 2010, was renewed “with the concurrence of DOTC, for four times with the last extension expiring on October 19, 2012.”

On November 17, 2010, however, MRTC resolved to transfer the responsibility for the procurement of the technical maintenance service for the MRT 3 to DOTC, he added.

When he assumed the position of general manager on January 2, 2012, Vitangcol said he was alarmed that his superiors were not “abreast with [MRT 3’s] undertakings.”

He claimed that the Transportation department was not aware that on November 17, 2010, the MRTC had already transferred to it the responsibility for the procurement of the maintenance provider for MRT 3.

On May 17, 2012 or five months before the expiration of the last contract extension of Sumitomo, Vitangcol decided to write Roxas, asking the secretary “to issue a directive as to which party should undertake the procurement of the new maintenance provider.”
He did not get a reply.

Also on Thursday, Vitangcol asked the High Court to stop the trial of his graft case at the Sandiganbayan in connection with the allegedly anomalous $12-million maintenance deal for the rail system.

In his motion for reconsideration, he insisted that Roxas and Abaya be made more accountable than him.

“Petitioner hopes that this disclosure will help the honorable court arrive at a fair and impartial resolution of his motion for reconsideration (MR) and application for a [temporary restraining order]and injunction,” Vitangcol said.

He maintained that he had no financial interest in the $23-million (P535- million) interim maintenance deal of MRT 3.

Vitangcol claimed that he was singled out by the Office of the Ombudsman.

“I am the only DOTC official charged by the Ombudsman despite the unmistakable knowledge, involvement, participation and instruction of my superiors in the DOTC headed by former Secretary Manuel ‘Mar’ Roxas 2nd, current Secretary Joseph Emilio ‘Jun’ Abaya, Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Jose Perpetuo Lotilla and Undersecretary Rene Limcaoco, who should have been the ones brought to justice for gross and inexcusable inaction if not willful and deliberate manipulation of the events and processes related to the maintenance of MRT 3,” he pointed out.

Vitangcol also claimed that on December 10, 1997, the MRTC entered into a maintenance agreement with Sumitomo Corp. as maintenance provider.

The agreement expired on June 21, 2010 and the contract was extended four times, the last expired on October 19, 2012.

In 2010, the MRTC decided to transfer to DOTC “the responsibility for the procurement of technical maintenance for the MRT 3.”

At a Rail Sector meeting on April 23, 2012, Vitangcol said Limcaoco “impressed” upon the attendees that the procurement of a new maintenance provider must be made by the MRTC.

“I decided to ask then DOTC Secretary [Roxas] about this on May 17, 2012 or five months prior to the expiration of the last contract extension of Sumitomo. I wrote to Secretary Roxas asking how to issue a directive as to which party should undertake the procurement of the new maintenance provider…Then-Secretary Roxas disregarded my letter as it was unanswered,” Vitangcol said.

In July 2012, he presented to Roxas his “unacted letter” as well as Bids and Awards Committee hairman Lotilla’s memorandum that ‘[t]here is no more time for DOTC to publicly bid out the procurement of a new maintenance provider and award the same by 19 October 2012” and that “[r]esponsibility should be returned to the MRTC for it can procure in shorter period of time.”
Roxas did not act on the request.

When Abaya assumed his DOTC post, he signed and issued the Notice of Award, dated October 18, 2012, to PH Trams-CB&T JV.

Vitangcol said the contract was by him and Lotilla and approved by Abaya.

“The contract would not have a binding effect without the signatures of Lotilla and Abaya,” he added.

“If there is anyone who should be accountable to the people and to the law, it is no other than Roxas, Abaya, Lotilla and Limcaoco whose repeated inaction and purposeful deferment delayed the procurement for long-term MRT 3 maintenance agreement, which paved the way for a series of short -erm agreements, on a negotiated basis, and extensions thereof for personal/and or political gains,” Vitangcol said in his motion.

On the involvement of Arturo Soriano, the uncle of Vitangcol’s wife and one of PH Trams’ incorporators, the former MRT 3 general manager argued that Soriano executed a Deed of Assignment on September 10, 2012 assigning and selling all of his shares to the chairman of the company.

Hence, he said, there was no conflict of interest in his dealings with his uncle-in-law.

In September last year, Vitangcol filed a petition with the High Court seeking the dismissal of the graft complaint filed against him.

The court junked the petition.

Share.
.
Loading...

Please follow our commenting guidelines.

8 Comments

  1. Mar Roxas and Sec. Abaya might use the line of GM Honorado at NAIA “We were out of the loop” as far as the maintenance contract is concerned”. The Maintenance Contract that was executed became “legal and binding agreement” for both parties. Evidently, there were lots of discrepancies on the contract, to include conflict of interest, and the way it was done under questionable circumstances. Regardless on how you look on this issue, the secretaries are ultimately to be blamed, because they neglected to protect the government’s interests.

    The Filipino taxpayers would like to see where the investigation leads and the responsible people be charged. Make these responsible people pay for the sufferings of thousands of commuters, and please do it quickly! (charge them with plunder? so be it) They need to spend some time behind bars, not in a resort in Boracay.

  2. When we buy a car, we either do do the maintenance by ourselves or hire mechanics.
    Talking about MRT, why not use our own mechanics, electricians, technicians and engineers. This how is how it should be done. Whatever mechanical machines, there
    should be a operating and maintenance manuals. Are the people running the management of MRT have the technical capacity for MRT?

  3. If i were Vitangcol i wouldnt worry as if he is telling the truth when this goes to court they will see the evidence & will find him not guilty. Thats what courts do they look at the evidence, now in the uk before pressing charges the evidence is looked at & if its warranted that there is enough evidence to produce a conviction its proceeded with, if there isnt its not proceeded with. So now if the courts have already looked at the evidence & see there is a case then take it to court & let the evidence show, Im looking forward to reading about this when it goes to court

  4. Marshal D Mingus on

    What about the PMillions owed from Qenkor to over 800 former employees. What has happen to this case before the Supreme Court?

  5. Roxas is only good at having his photo taken, he showed his incompetents and a pattern of inaction at every job he was appointed to.

  6. Mar did that to Iligan City Integrated Steel Mills when a group seeks him to submit their proposal to rehab and operate said mills the most modern in South East Asia during the time of Pres. Marcos. Now Mar can not be located he was Tago ng Tago incidentally it was one of the monument mothballed by Evil Dictator Cory like BNPP. Again this time he did it in MRT mothballing it but why we do not know maybe Al is correct extortion played a major role. Al allegations is worth looking during the time of Cory the much talk about was kamag anak inc. Now this time Adolf Hitler Pnoy with Nazi Party LP were lording anywhere from power or energy, ppp and etc most of it owned by Oligarchs.

  7. An excellent example of the “tuwid na daan” of PNoy, Mar Roxas and Grace Llamanzares, yet there are still many who adore these 3. OMG what is happening to the Philippines?

  8. The statement was really one sided because Vitangkol did not mention in the letter that one of officers of the newly contracted provider is his relative which is against the law. He is the head of the MRT and s responsible but he was pointing to Roxas and Abaya. The two might be accomplish but the main culprit s Vitangcol. Also ,a few days ago, he is saying that he does not have any money for legal services and he needs PAO service. Now he said he has a legal representative and can afford one. Vitangcol, who are you kidding ? Everybody knows you are guilty.