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Poe backs filing of charges against former DOTC Sec. Abaya, 10 others

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By Vanne Elaine Terrazola

​Senator Grace Poe backed the filing of graft charges, Monday, against ​Joseph Emilio Abaya, secretary of the former Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and other officials from the previous administration over an allegedly anomalous deal with Metro Railway Transit 3 (MRT-3) maintenance provider Busan Universal Rail Inc. (BURI).

MB FILE—DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio "Jun" Abaya Along as a guest speacker drung the 24th anniversary of the Bureau of Fire Protection at Celebrity Sports Plaza at Capitol Hills Diliman Quezon City Tuesday August 4 2015 (Russell Palma) | mb.com.ph

Joseph Emilio “Jun” Abaya 
(Russell Palma / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

​”​It is high time that the ax falls where it should. The complaint filed against former Sec. Abaya and other officials over the P3.81-​billion MRT maintenance contract rests on solid grounds​,” Poe, chair of the Senate committee on public services, said.

​The Department of Transportation (DoTR) filed the charges Monday with the Office of the Ombudsman, alleging that Abaya and 10 other ex-DOTC officials violated Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act over the contract with BURI. Executives of the Filipino-Korean company were also included in the complaint.

​Poe said she expects that the Ombudsman will find probable cause, and file the appropriate charges before the Sandiganbayan, citing her committee’s investigation last May which, she said, “has indubitably proved that the award to BURI was anomalous.”

“Dapat talagang managot sila sa kapabayaan at kapalpakan nila at panloloko sa taumbayan sa pagpapaniwalang gagaan ang mga pasanin ng pasahero sa pagkuha ng bagong maintenance provider. Isa itong anomalya na kung ipagpapatuloy pa ay masasayang lamang ang pera ng taumbayan at malalagay sa panganib ang buhay ng mga sumasakay sa MRT (They should be made to answer for all their negligence and failures, as well as their attempt to dupe the people that the burden of passengers will be greatly eased by taking in the new maintenance provider. This is an anomaly that, if it continues, will lead to the people’s waste of money while even putting their lives in danger each time they ride the MRT),” the senator said.​

​Poe said Abaya committed a “deplorable act” for not exercising due diligence in checking BURI​’s capablity of providing MRT parts that were reliable.

BURI, she said, was “incompetent” for supplying “incompatible and unreliable parts” that put MRT commuters at risk.

She has been calling for the accountability of the DOTC officials for the frequent train breakdowns, saying earlier that most of her colleagues would support the filing of complaints against them.

“This should not have happened if Sec. Abaya and his men exercised due diligence in checking whether or not BURI was capable of handling such a huge responsibility and in ensuring the safety of the public. These deplorable acts should therefore not be countenanced nor tolerated,” she said.

“I do not know how these people who are involved are able to sleep at night knowing that many Filipinos have to wake up two to three hours earlier to line up at the MRT, with the sun glaring above their heads, just to suffer from train breakdowns during their commute,” she added.

Poe said the case should​ “​deliver a stern warning​” to public officials ​who should be made accountable for their misfeasance and malfeasance in office.​

​She also noted that this could be an opportunity for the Ombudsman to prove its independence in fighting corruption “in all levels, regardless of political affiliations, past and present.”

 

 

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  • Jan Rune

    This is long overdue. This case should have been filed last year. Its pretty obvious that something went wrong. Competence? that’s just the small part of the problem. This is corruption from its core and negligence start from ex-Pres. Aquino who held the helm that time. He should be hold accountable for this as well….
    I’m pretty sure, walang anti-administration like Dutertards etc.. ang magsasabing dapat panagutin si Aquino at ang mga alipores nya dito. Obviously, mga bayaran siguro kasi dahil binenta na nila ang kanilang prinsipyo sa buhay.

  • watsupdoc

    What this Abaya did to the MRT-LRT that placed commuters to very high risks and inconvenienced them almost on a daily bases because of corruption and color of money deserve no less than life in jail. And throw away the key.

  • bogli_anakdami

    naku! kunyari lang yan… mga magnanakaw na ikinulong (daw) eh inalpasan ni digung gong… kitams si bayagra enrile, tinatanga ng husto ang mga flips, di ba? yun lang…

    • ItosiErmino

      hindi

  • Avery23

    Don’t sing praises yet. Let’s wait for the results.

    • Robienald Vergara

      Atleast nagkakaroon na ng ingay kahit papaano. Gisingin na natin ang Ombudsman kahit na alam natin an dilawan sila.

      • Avery23

        OMG! Now that you mention ombitch, wala na naman yan!

  • RUSSIAN WHO LOVES PH

    Make some noise Yellowish LP

  • Art Ahdp

    Death by hanging please, these scumbags have no shame, this is worse than stealing, directly affecting the lives of the ordinary Filipino people.

    • Manuel Martinez

      Mas malala ang Psychotic President dyan…

      • general problem

        MGA SALOT TALAGA…SINIRA NG KULTO NYONG SALOT ANG MRT!!!

  • Citalyn Fabian

    This is long overdue. MAy plano pa sila na magpasagasa sa trains diba? di nila nagawa.

    • Manuel Martinez

      Plano nga mag jet ski sila papuntang riles para magpasagasa e…. Mga Baliw.

      • Manuel Martinez

        Plano nga mag jet ski papuntang riles para magpasagasa e. Mga Baliw…

      • sunny

        huy putang ina ka magkano sinasahud mo sa pagka troll mo walang kwenta pinagsasabi mo manahimik ka di kana nakutya pinapakain mo or kinakain mo galing sa masamang imployensa wala kang pagkakaiba sa mga maitim na budhi na amo mo buhay pa sinisilaban na mga kaluluwa nyu sa imperno dahil mga kurap kayu darating din karam sa inyung lahat na maitim ang budhi or wala talagang budhi

  • Robienald Vergara

    Naku Mr. Abaya et. al. Mag meeting na kayo sa Times St. or sa Cubao at mukhang malaki laking kaso na ito. Madami kayong maiging complainant oh. Eh ilan ba naman yung naaagrabyado sa buwisit na kapabayaan na ito.

  • Manuel Martinez

    She also noted that this could be an opportunity for the Ombudsman to prove its independence in fighting corruption “in all levels, regardless of political affiliations, past and present.”

    Lapdog talaga ng Baliw na Presidente itong si Poe, akala mo ba tutulungan ka niya maging PResidente sa 2022, Baliw yan kaya nagkakamali ka Grace!!!!

  • general problem

    damn..how about the first fly by night corp w/c replaces SUMITOMO, PH TRAMS. this corp was established by Mar Roxas accomplices with a staggering P216M capitalization and after just a month secured a contract of P50M monthly for MRT maintenance. since their take over last 2012 puro kasalutan na nangyari sa MRT..at inulit pa nila another fly by night corp yung BURI..establish as corp jan 16, 2016 then jan 31 secured the maintenance contract of MRT???..TANGINANG MGA YELLOWISH YAN…MGA SALOT TALAGA NG LIPUNAN

  • Manny Santos

    bat di nalang palitan na kaagad ang maintence provider ng matapos na kung mga mali mali ang decisyon nung mga nakaraan ituwid nlng .. mula pa sa pagpapatayo ng MRT na yan sang katutak na ang yumaman jan, NAIA puro kapalpakan na mga investor jan wala naman palang mga pera luging lugi ang gobyerno pumapel lang ,,ayusin nalng kung ano pagkukulang di ung magkakal pa ng mga ano ano