• Roxas laughs off plunder case


    FORMER Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd on Wednesday described as “pathetic” the filing of plunder complaint against him and other cabinet officials of the previous administration over the allegedly anomalous Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 maintenance contract.

    Roxas, who is abroad, said the charges were filed by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) because of its failure to deliver what it promised to the Filipino people.

    “Pathetic. Dahil walang mapakitang accomplishment sa mga ipinangako, nag-imbento ng kasong walang laman, walang basehan sa katotohanan o sa batas para ipakitang may ginagawa sila (because they could not show any accomplishment, they invented cases that do not have substance, factual or legal basis to make it appear that they did something),” Roxas said in a statement.

    The DOTr on Tuesday filed a plunder complaint be fore the Office of the Ombudsman against Roxas, former Transportation secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, former Budget secretary Florencio Abad, former Finance chief Cesar Purisima, former Energy secretary Jericho Petilla, former Science and Technology chief Mario Montejo, former Defense secretary Voltaire Gazmin, former Public Works secretary Rogelio Singson, and Arsenio Balisacan, former chief of the National Economic and Development Authority over the multibillion-contract awarded to Busan Universal Rail Inc. in December 2015.

    “This is laughable on its face. I haven’t received a copy of the complaint and will withhold further comment until I do,” Roxas said.

    Sen. Francis Pangilinan also slammed the filing of the charges.

    “When change is promised, the line and the wait at the MRT should be shorter, not longer. And the primary consideration should be that commuters are safe, not having their arms cut off or the coaches decoupled,” Pangilinan, the president of the Liberal Party, said.

    He said he is confident that the Ombudsman will be fair and render impartial justice that would lead to the exoneration of the former officials accused of wrongdoing.


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