Ombudsman asks Czech envoy to shed light on alleged extortion


Posted at Apr 10 2014 07:49 PM | Updated as of Apr 11 2014 03:49 AM

MANILA - The Office of the Ombudsman is reiterating its invitation to Czech Republic Ambassador Josef Rychtar to shed light on the alleged extortion in exchange for a Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 supply contract.

A letter signed by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on April 8, 2014 was sent today.

In July last year, Rychtar claimed MRT general manager Al Vitangcol III tried to extort $30 million from Czech Republic-based Inekon Group for the procurement of additional MRT coaches.

That same month, the Ombudsman motu propio initiated the conduct of a field investigation upon learning of the news.

Carpio-Morales later created a panel to gather evidence and leads not mentioned in the news reports.

Rychtar was requested to help in the probe, based on a letter dated July 26, 2013. He, however, refused.

Rychtar nonetheless claimed weeks ago that influential people are protecting Vitangcol.

Malacanang vowed there will not be a whitewash of a parallel investigation being done by the National Bureau of Investigation.

The Department of Justice is reviewing the evidence gathered.

The Ombudsman, meanwhile, said the special panel has gathered pertinent documents from government agencies in connection with the allegations.