Abaya puts ‘Pisay’ classmate in charge of MRT

Honorito "Joy" Chaneco is being pulled out as administrator of the Light Rail Transit Authority after MRT-3's Al Vitangcol III went on leave over bribery charges

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya has appointed the head of the Light Rail Transit Authority to temporarily replace Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) general manager Al Vitangcol III.

“I have appointed LRTA administrator [Honorito] Joy Chaneco to be OIC while Vitangcol is on leave,” Abaya said in text message late Wednesday night, July 24.

Vitangcol has filed a leave of absence after the Czech Ambassador Josef Rychtar named him as part of a group that tried to extort $30 million from Inekon Group, supposedly in exchange for the contract to provide trains for MRT3 along EDSA.

Abaya and Chaneco were classmates at the Philippine Science High School.

Before his appointment as LRTA head, Chaneco had worked with the DOTC secretary’s brother at the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA).

Peter Anthony Abaya is general manager and chief executive officer of PRA. Chaneco was his assistant general manager for land development, construction management, and technical services.

Chaneco was appointed by President Benigno Aquino III as LRTA administrator last April. He replaced Rafael Rodriguez, who resigned in March 2012. – Rappler.com  

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