• Probe of P3.8-B MRT-3 deal sought


    THE Anakpawis party-list on Thursday urged the House of the Representatives to look into the P3.8 billion maintenance deal between the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) and the Korean-based Busan Transportation Inc. and its local partners Tramat Mercantile Inc., TMI Corp Inc., Castan Corp and Edison Development Corp.

    “The deal was obviously done in haste. The DOTC approved the maintenance deal which reportedly did not go into a proper bidding process would make the transaction highly questionable. That is why it should be reviewed by Congress as soon as possible because the DOTC wanted to implement the contract next year,” Rep. Fernando Hicap said.

    He added that DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya abused his power by approving the maintenance contract in secret.

    “They nailed the contract when both house chambers are already in recess. It was a deliberate attempt to make the deal under scrutinized,” Hicap said.

    “It should have been done in prudence and observe the proper bidding procedure. Abaya claims that there’s an emergency situation which forces the DOTC to swiftly approve the P3.8 billion MRT-3 maintenance contract but what we really worry about, aside from the contract will might be disadvantageous to the government is the safety of the commuters. Are the partners of Busan Transportation Inc. capable enough to the task or are they going to be another Global APT?” the party-list solon added.


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