Vitangcol accuses De Lima of blocking NBI report showing his innocence

Carolyn Bonquin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 02 2016 07:23 PM

Amid his graft cases, former MRT-3 general manager Al Vitangcol has accused former justice secretary and now Senator Leila de Lima of blocking a National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) report which would supposedly prove his innocence on alleged MRT anomalies.

Vitangcol said the NBI conducted an in-depth investigation on former Czech ambassador Josef Rychtar's allegations against him.

Rychtar accused Vitangcol of extorting money on officials of Czech company, INEKON, to secure a deal for MRT coaches.

He said the NBI February 2014 report found that Rychtar's allegations were baseless. But De Lima allegedly prevented the report from being made public because it "needs the approval of the President (Noynoy Aquino.)"

"Kung ito pong NBI report na ito ay inilabas pa ng 2014, tapos na po ang lahat. Dapat nakapagpatuloy na ako at ang aking pamilya ng normal na buhay," Vitangcol said.

"Pero meron palang plano ang nakaraang administrasyon para pagtakpan ang kapalpakan kaya hindi nilabas ang report na ito."

However, Vitangcol admitted he has not seen a copy of the NBI report and only learned its alleged content from an insider.

"Nung nanghihingi ako ng kopya, ang sinasabi hindi kayo entitled sa copy," Vitangcol said.

The embattled former MRT chief now challenges Delima to publicize the NBI report.

"Sa dinami-dami ng mga binabato sa inyo na masasamang bagay, siguro naman po gumawa at ang tama pong iyon---kung mamarapatin niyo po---ilabas niyo po ang original na report ng NBI na magpapatunay na ako po ay walang kasalanan. Kung 'yan po ay inyong ilalabas, ako po ay tatanaw ng utang na loob sa inyo."


Meanwhile, Vitangcol accused Rychtar of putting him on a bad light after failing to secure deals with MRT.

Rychtar and INEKON allegedly shelled out P140 million for the contract and was disappointed when the deal was awarded to another company.

"Nabanggit niya sa akin noon: This is already a done deal and you are the only stumbling block," Vitangcol recalled his conversation with Rychtar.

"Nabanggit niya na gumastos sila ng P140 million. Saan napunta? Hindi ko alam saan nilagay."

Vitangcol currently faces two counts of graft before the Sandiganbayan over Rychtar's allegations that Wilson Devera called someone amid the alleged extortion attempt on July 9, 2012.

Vitangcol chided the Ombudsman for supposed selective justice and incomprehensive investigation.

On the case filed before the Sandiganbayan, the Ombudsman alleged that Devera consulted Vitangcol over the phone.