MRT maintenance provider files criminal raps vs transport execs for unpaid dues

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 20 2017 07:00 PM

MANILA - The maintenance provider for the MRT-3 filed a criminal complaint on Wednesday against Transportation Undersecretary Cesar Chavez and other officials for unpaid obligations.

Busan Universal Rail Incorporated (BURI) lawyer Redentor Roque said the government owes the company about P176 million.

The amount, he said, would include billings which were "totally unpaid" and some which were "partially withheld from previous billings."

Also included in the case filed at the Office of the Ombudsman were Senior Technical Assistant Atty. Hernando Cabrera and Program Head Jorgette Bellen. 

According to BURI Corporate Secretary Atty. Charles Mercado, Chavez conspired with Cabrera and Bellen for the non-payment of their services.

In their complaint, BURI said the DOTr officials should be held liable for violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act as well as the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

Aside from criminal charges of graft, Mercado said they also filed a parallel administrative complaint. 

“Based on the complaint, he conspired with Atty. Hernando Cabrera, yung kanyang technical asistant, at saka si Ms. Jorgette, yung project head consultant ng MRT,” 

BURI clamied the unpaid obligatios started from September 2016 up to July 2017.

“Kunwari this has gone through the entire procedure already except for the preparation ng voucher, eh siya yung pipirma ng voucher, nako, kung minsan ang tagal na, inuupuan niya talga, sinasadya,” Mercado said.

BURI also said they are always being blamed for the glitches in the MRT which are mostly not covered by their maintenance contract such as design flaws and driver error.

“Parang gusto niya kaming matanggal,” Mercado said. 

Mercado said their three-year maintenance contract is up to January 2019.