Sen. Grace Poe is planning to summon former Transportation officials to a Senate inquiry on the questionable acquisition of unusable trains worth P3.8 billion for the problematic Metro Rail Transit (MRT).
In an interview, Poe, chair of the Senate public services commitee, vowed to recommend charges against officials who approved the purchase of 48 trains that turned out to be incompatible with the existing MRT system, resulting in an upgrade failure.
“[Former] DOTC (Department of Transportation and Communications) officials...dapat talaga makita kung saan tayo nagkamali para hindi natin ulitin iyon, at maturuan ng leksyon ang mga pumasok dito na hindi inisip ang kapakanan ng mga Pilipino…Dapat magkaroon ng kaso," she said Wednesday.
"[Former] DOTC officials…we should see where we went wrong so that we will not repeat those mistakes, and teach a lesson to those involved, who did not think of the welfare of Filipinos. There should be a case against them.)
Transportation officials of the current administration should now look for evidence and file a case against those involved in alleged anomalous deals, Poe said.
Glitches and a derailment of the MRT-3 earlier this month has caused a controversy over deals forged by the old DOTC, now known as the DOTr.
On Wednesday, MRT-3 maintenance service provider Busan Universal Rail Inc. (BURI) said that the trains were still safe to ride, despite recent difficulties.
But, DOTr Sec. Arthur Tugade said that they will review contracts forged with BURI to assess the contractor's possible non-compliance.
In 2016, Poe also proposed to sue DOTC Sec. Joseph Emilio Abaya over the MRT-3’s poor state. But the Aquino administration said it was not a solution to issues plaguing the rail system.
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