Monday, June 30, 2014

MRT3 Scandal - Vitangcol and Inekon

Last 2013, there was a MRT3 maintenance bidding contract held between the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) under the administration of general manager Al Vitangcol III and several companies. Among these, the contract was given to a Chinese company called PH Trams. Several controversies surrounded this contract.

In 2011, a Czech company called Inekon initiated talks with the MRT administration regarding the rehabilitation and upgrade of the MRT3. Initially the Czech company offered a proposal via dinner engagements to Vitangcol and his men, where at one instance on July 9, 2012, Vitangcol's representative Mr W. de Vera tried to extort $30Million from the Czech company. The Czech company declined the offer, but Mr W de Vera came back with a counter offer of $2.5 Million payment and the contract will be granted to the Czech company. Again it was declined.

In March 2013, the DOTC bid out a contract to purchase 48 new MRT coaches and the Czech company attended the bidding but did not participate. Soon after Czech Ambassador, Josef Rychtar, received 2 whitepapers regarding the manipulation of the bidding process done by DOTC/MRT. Rychtar then proceeded to discuss these concerns to Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya.

In May 27 2014, Vitangcol announced his resignation on an Interview with News To Go. He was asked to take a leave of absence by Abaya upon knowing that Vitangcol has relations with one of the incorporators of PH Trams (Arturo Soriano – uncle of Vitangcol’s wife). In Vitangcol’s defense, Soriano was no longer in position or have any company shares when the contract was signed. To replace Vitangcol, Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) administrator Honorito Chaneco was named as the new officer-in-charge of MRT-3.

Sadly, the contract was already signed and we cannot change the contractor anymore. We can only hope that our government officials will do their best in providing honest public service. Let’s do our part and report any “unethical” activities – not be blinded by money, just like what Inekon did.

7 comments:

Leira Pagaspas said...

The officials involved in these scandal should be made ride the MRT during the rush hour for a week to see what they have done.

The Web Magazine said...

If they(government) only knew and feel the kind of suffering commuters do experience everyday. They must be fair enough to do something for the people instead of being primarily involved with money transactions.

Michi said...

Like they always say, the hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax. You keep on paying your tax but you can't see any improvement.

ralph said...

government officials are in their position to serve the people and not themselves or their own interest. i agree, those involved must made to ride the MRT for a whole month. Yahweh bless.

Ay Lin said...

How I wish government officials should be the one who ride public transportation and taxpayers will have free shuttle/service coming to/from work. Or at least pamper their ("source of income") taxpayers!

Fernando Lachica said...

It's understandable for the Inekon's side, but however, because of failed deals with De Vera during the meeting, it seemed that "fabricated" or the other way around. You know here in the Philippines, people tends to make deals secretly. The main thing for the government to do is to hasten the case or put forward this MRT development so that people will not suffer for their daily undertaking, riding the trains as a means of transportation.

controversialcomments said...

The officials should not only ride the public transportation but they should do it for a long time.