Former MRT General Manager Al Vitangcol III is wanted by the
ombudsman charged for graft and corruption.
The MRT General Manager Al Vitangcol III allegedly given the
maintenance contract of the MRT to one company in which he has
This is not allowed under the law. The MRT General Manager
violated the provision of R.A. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt
The Ombudsman wanted to file a case for graft and violation of
the government procurement reform act against the former MRT
Aside from the former MRT General Manager, 5 other incorporators
of the company PH Trams might also be charged for the illegal
maintenance contract of the MRT.
The 5 other PH Trams Incorporators according to the Ombudsman
resolution are the following:
- Arturo Soriano
- Wilson De Vera
- Marlo Dela Cruz
- Manolo Marali
- Federico Remo
This is in connection with the 350 million pesos contract for
the temporary maintenance of MRT.
In 2012, the original maintenance provider of MRT expired.
The Ombudsman, an independent government agency which prosecutes
government officials who violates the law said that the giving
of the maintenance contract to PH Trams was illegal because
the former MRT General Manager hide the fact that he is related
to Arturo Soriano, one of the PH Trams Incorporators.
The Ombudsman Resolution specifically said that the former MRT
General Manager “intentionally hid his relationship with Arturo
Soriano” a very clear violation of the law.
Assistant Ombudsman Asryman Rafanan said that PH Trams should
have been automatically disqualified from bidding the
Meanwhile, Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya was absolved of
any liability caused by the illegal contract.
The Ombudsman in absolving the Transportation Secretary said
that “it could not be said, therefor that, he was privy to any
transaction or negotiation before said date”.
The anomalous contract happened one day before he was appointed
as DOTC Secretary.