The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) on Monday named Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) chief Honorito Chaneco as the new officer in charge of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) replacing erstwhile General Manager Al Vitangcol.
Vitangcol said he was not relieved but resigned from his post.
Czech Ambassador to the Philippines Josef Rychtar had said Vitangcol was among
government officials who attempted to extort $30 million from Czech-based Inekon Group in exchange for a contract to supply trains coaches for MRT 3.
DOTC spokesperson Michael Sagcal said Vitangcol was instrumental in introducing alternative ideas to current technical problems at MRT such as the express train service and the testing of articulated bus.