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Otso Diretso hopes to stage another ‘revolution’ in historic Kawit, Cavite

May 07, 2019 - 7:46 AM

Their host and Cavite 1st District Representative Boy Blue Abaya delivers a speech endorsing Otso Diretso, but does not share the stage with them

REVOLUTION? Otso Diretso opposition candidates and their representatives raise each other's hands during their sortie in Kawit, Cavite on May 6, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Boy Blue Abaya to host Otso Diretso bets in vote-rich Cavite

May 06, 2019 - 1:14 PM

But only 4 of the opposition senatorial bets will be present during their last official provincial sortie before their miting de avance on May 8

ALLIES. Reelectionist Cavite 1st District Representative BoyBlue Abaya (5th from R, in blue) is once again hosting Otso Diretso in his province on May 6, 2019. File photo from Samira Gutoc's Facebook page

COA on license plates deal: Probe Abaya, 9 others

Nov 11, 2018 - 7:42 PM

COA says former transport secretary Abaya need not return money related to the license plates deal but he and other officials should be investigated by the Ombudsman

DOTr to pursue plunder charges vs Abaya over MRT3 mess

Jun 26, 2018 - 12:05 PM

The Department of Transportation is also eyeing plunder charges against officials not indicted by the Office of the Ombudsman

HEARING. Former DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya attends the public hearing on the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 issues led by Senator Grace Poe at the Office of the Senate in Pasay City on May 15, 2017. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Roxas cleared, Abaya indicted for graft over MRT maintenance mess

Jun 25, 2018 - 12:50 PM

(UPDATED) Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales finds probable cause to charge former transportation chief Joseph Emilio Abaya with graft for awarding the contract to Busan Universal Rail Incorporated, 'an ineligible and unqualified entity'

MRT MAINTENANCE MESS. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales clears former interior secretary Mar Roxas, but indicts former transport secretary Jun Abaya for graft over the MRT maintenance contract.

Plunder complaint vs Abaya and Aquino, Roque on Santiago, Robredo on Marcos | Evening wRap

Nov 21, 2017 - 9:06 PM

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Drilon to DOTr: Find solutions, not scapegoats for MRT mess

Nov 21, 2017 - 5:25 PM

'I have confidence in the integrity of these people,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon after the Department of Transportation files plunder charges against members of the Aquino Cabinet

Abaya, other Aquino execs face plunder complaint over MRT

Nov 21, 2017 - 12:57 PM

(UPDATED) The other Cabinet secretaries made up the Government Procurement Policy Board which the Department of Transportation accuses of conspiring to favor maintenance provider BURI

DOT'r Usec. for legal affairs and procurement, Atty. Renier Paul Yebra (center), along with Atty. Giovanni Lopez (left) and Atty. Mark Steven Pastor (right) shows a copy of a complaint affidavit of Plundaer cases against former DOTC Secretary Emilio E. Abaya, Usec. for operations Edwin Lopez, former Usec. for Planning Rene Limcaoco, Former DILG Sec. Mar Roxas and some former cabinet members of the Aquino administration they filed at the Ombudsman on Tuesday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Bayan files graft case vs ex-Transport chief Abaya over MRT mess

Nov 20, 2017 - 12:05 PM

Bayan points out irregularities in the Abaya-led DOTC’s awarding of the MRT maintenance contract to Korean firm Busan Transportation Corporation in 2015

Tapang at Malasakit, Lorenzana, DOTr vs Abaya | Evening wRap

Oct 23, 2017 - 9:10 PM

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DOTr files graft case vs Abaya, MRT maintenance provider BURI

Oct 23, 2017 - 2:26 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Transportation blames train glitches on Busan Universal Rail Incorporated, and accuses ex-transportation chief Joseph Emilio Abaya of 'allowing' the violation of procurement rules

GRAFT. Transportation Undersecretary for Legal Affairs and Procurement Reinier Yebra (middle) files a graft case against former transportation secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and other ex-officials at the Office of the Ombudsman on October 23, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Impeachment complaint, Napoles, Poe on Roxas | Evening wRap

May 15, 2017 - 9:51 PM

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Graft complaint filed vs Abaya for unused trains

May 05, 2017 - 4:11 PM

The complaint is rooted in the 48 purchased trains that according to the DOTr are unusable for the next 3 years because of signaling system issues

File photo of former Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio "Jun" Abaya (Palace Photo)


Abaya, ex-transport officials face raps over P3.8-B license plate deal

Dec 06, 2016 - 10:20 PM

A civil society group says the respondents violated the anti graft and corrupt practices act the code of ethical conduct for public officials and government procurement rules

NEW PLATES. Former transportation officials face a complaint over the allegedly anomalous license plate deal. Photo from DOTC Twitter

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Nov 10, 2016 - 8:29 PM

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Aquino's Cabinet officials welcome him home

Jun 30, 2016 - 2:03 PM

UPDATED Some days he also made it really difficult but for the most part he was our inspiration not only to do well but to do good says Aquino s tourism secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr

WELCOME HOME. Former President Benigno Aquino lll is welcomed by his neighborhood at 25 Times St. in Quezon City on Thursday, June 30. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Most Aquino Cabinet members richer in 2015

Jun 22, 2016 - 5:33 PM

The assets lists of 5 Cabinet members are not yet available: Foreign Affairs Secretary Jose Rene Almendras Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya Justice Secretary Emmanuel Caparas Trade Secretary Adrian Cristobal and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Emmanuel Esguerra

SALN. Most members of the Aquino Cabinet grew richer in 2015. File photo by Benhur Arcayan/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

Traffic, urban woes, and the Aquino administration's image problem

Jun 12, 2016 - 1:30 PM

As the problems snowballed and the administration remained quiet on telling people what it’s doing Filipinos have become too angry to appreciate the reforms that to them are too little too late

INSENSITIVE GOVERNMENT. As traffic worsened and public transportation woes built up, the Aquino administration has been increasingly perceived as an 'insensitive' government.

Koko Pimentel, Aquino on Duterte, LeBron James | 6PM wRap

Jun 08, 2016 - 8:38 PM

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Marcos electoral protest, Aquino on Abaya, Clinton | 12PM wRap

Jun 08, 2016 - 1:41 PM

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My 'friendship stops when PH's interest is at stake' – Aquino

Jun 08, 2016 - 8:30 AM

In one of his last media interviews in office President Benigno Aquino III defends transportation chief Joseph Emilio Abaya anew saying he is not corrupt

FRIENDSHIP. Amid criticism, outgoing President Benigno Aquino III says he prioritizes the country's interests over his friendships. Photo by Lilibeth Frondoso/Rappler

Would Roxas retain Abaya in DOTC? 'I expect a clean slate'

Apr 08, 2016 - 8:46 PM

I expect a clean slate Roxas tells editors and reporters at The Freeman who hold a roundtable in Cebu City on Friday April 8

Roxas: Sanction those responsible for NAIA 3 blackout

Apr 05, 2016 - 4:25 PM

The former transportation chief says it s only right that Malacañang sanction officials liable for the 5 hour power outage at NAIA 3

SHOULD HEADS ROLL? LP standard-bearer Mar Roxas says responsible officials should be sanctions for the NAIA blackout. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com

Power back in NAIA Terminal 3 after 5-hour outage

Apr 03, 2016 - 3:27 AM

UPDATED Airport authorities Meralco now investigating root of blackout which has caused flight delays

POWER BACK UP. Photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Abaya to DOTC employees: Tell your families to vote for Roxas, Robredo

Mar 31, 2016 - 11:24 PM

The Cabinet member invokes his exemption from the campaign ban: It s my jurisprudence As a [Cabinet] secretary I am authorized to campaign

'EXEMPTED.' Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya says he campaigns for presidential candidate Manuel Roxas III and Leni Robredo during DOTC events because he is 'authorized' to. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Who's not welcome in 'President' Grace Poe's Cabinet?

Mar 16, 2016 - 7:11 PM

UPDATED In a dialogue with the Makati Business Club she names at least 3 agencies where she will not keep President Aquino s appointees

GRACE POE'S CABINET. Presidential candidate Grace Poe says she already has in mind Cabinet members she wants to retain should she be elected into office. Screenshot from Rappler

Inside Balay: Who's who in the Roxas campaign

Mar 04, 2016 - 2:13 PM

It s a mix of family members former and current government officials and LP and coalition stalwarts

YELLOW CAMPAIGN. Who are Roxas' most trusted people in his 2016 run? Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Ceasefire in Syria, new MRT3 train, China installs radar | 6PM wRap

Feb 23, 2016 - 6:42 PM

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DOTC sees launch of new MRT3 train by April

Feb 23, 2016 - 1:18 PM

The new train is part of the MRT3 expansion project set to be completed in January 2017

Photo from DOTC

Ex-MRT chief Vitangcol blames Roxas for MRT contract deal mess

Feb 18, 2016 - 5:42 PM

Ex MRT general manager Al Vitangcol III says presidential bet Mar Roxas ignored procurement requests for the train line when he was DOTC chief

NOT INVOLVED. Ex-MRT general manager Al Vitangcol III says Mar Roxas and DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya should be held liable for the allegedly anomalous maintenance contract deal for the MRT3. Photo by Ben Nabong/ Rappler

Abaya: Sobrepeña is 'playing politics'

Feb 10, 2016 - 4:05 PM

His timeline is wrong transportation chief Joseph Emilio Abaya says in reaction to the allegations of the MRT Holdings chairman against him and his predecessor Manuel Roxas II

MEDDLING. DOTC says it found the proposals from private firms were not beneficial for the riding public, entailing more time and higher fares. Rappler photo

PH campaign season, crisis in Comelec, North Korea’s rocket | 6PM wRap

Feb 09, 2016 - 6:38 PM

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MRT Holdings' Sobrepeña: Roxas, Abaya may be liable for graft

Feb 08, 2016 - 8:54 PM

Sobrepeña says Roxas and Abaya failed to act on private firms proposals and entered into questionable deals

BATTLE CONTINUES. The chief of MRT Holdings continues to blame then-transportation chief Mar Roxas and incumbent Jun Abaya for mishandling MRT3. In the photo Roxas (left) Robert John Sobrepeña (center) and Abaya (right). File photo by Rappler

Japanese shipbuilder begins construction of PCG vessels

Feb 08, 2016 - 5:30 PM

Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya attends the keel laying ceremony in Japan for the first of 10 new Philippine Coast Guard vessels

NEW VESSELS. These 10 new vessels will help the Coast Guard in upholding maritime security within Philippines seas. Photo from DOTC

Cheaper air fares in ASEAN seen as PH signs protocols

Feb 08, 2016 - 2:26 PM

The Philippines signs the so called 5th and 6th freedoms of the air allowing broader flight options within the region

IMPROVED AIR CONNECTION. The Philippines finally signs Protocols 5 and 6 of the ASEAN Multilateral Agreement in Air Services. File photo by Rappler

MRT3 probe, PH campaign season, Pacquiao vs Bradley 3 | 6PM wRap

Feb 04, 2016 - 7:46 PM

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Abaya, DOTC execs violated law, neglected MRT3 – Senate panel

Feb 04, 2016 - 10:01 AM

The Senate subcommittee says its findings should be submitted to the Ombudsman the justice department and the Civil Service Commission for appropriate action against erring officials

OVERBURDENED. A Senate panel led by Senator Grace Poe says the worsening conditions of the MRT3 is due to the DOTC's failure to tap able maintenance providers. Rappler photo

DOTC on surge in 2014 consultancy services: No fund misuse

Jan 23, 2016 - 10:06 PM

We had to hire a lot of people with technical experience These are pilot projects that were not yet done before says Transportation Assistant Secretary Sherielysse Reyes Bonifacio

CONTROVERSIES. The transportation department shelled out hundreds of millions of pesos for consultancy services in 2014 for several infrastructure deals. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

MRT riders: Expect new fans, batteries by June, says DOTC

Jan 19, 2016 - 12:44 PM

Minor rehabilitation deals such as new ventilation fans are now a big deal to frazzled passengers

SMALL, INCREMENT STEPS. DOTC says it expects new MRT3 industrial fans, UPS batteries and traction motors within the first half of 2016. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

New MRT train expected to start running by end-March

Jan 18, 2016 - 1:43 PM

Tests have started on the 2nd coach imported from China – part of the DOTC s project to increase the MRT s capacity to serve over 800 000 passengers daily

BETTER SERVICE? One of the Dalian MRT3 train cars that will be delivered as part of the DOTC's MRT3 capacity expansion project. Photo from DOTC

DOTC fees for consultants shoot up by 2,000% under Abaya

Jan 14, 2016 - 2:50 PM

Auditors say the DOTC under Joseph Abaya spent P354 5 million on unnamed consultants in 2014 compared to the P17 45 million that Mar Roxas spent in 2012

A long, winding road for better Metro Manila transport

Jan 09, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Several infrastructure deals that are seen to solve the nightmarish Metro Manila traffic are still hounded by delays

LONG, WINDING ROAD. Most projects that are supposed to solve the horrendous Metro Manila traffic have snagged delays by policy U-turns and legal roadblocks. Graphics by Alyssa Arizabal/Rappler

Aquino on Abaya, Santiago on budget cut, nuclear threat | 6PM wRap

Jan 08, 2016 - 5:56 PM

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Abaya: Poe got a 'bum steer,' Busan group takes over MRT3 maintenance

Jan 08, 2016 - 5:41 PM

Transportation chief Jun Abaya says Senator Grace Poe could have been misinformed about the MRT3 maintenance deal

LOST IN TRANSLATION. Transportation chief Joseph Emilio Abaya says Senator Grace Poe seems to be misinformed on the current state of the MRT3 maintenance contract.

Aquino: Transportation chief Abaya stays

Jan 08, 2016 - 12:35 PM

President Benigno Aquino III says he is keeping Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya amid calls for his replacement

PRESIDENT'S DECISION. President Benigno Aquino III keynotes the inauguration of a 300MW power plant in Davao on January 8, 2015. Photo from RTVM

LOOK: Dolce & Gabbana debuts hijab, abaya collection

Jan 07, 2016 - 1:48 PM

This is the fashion house s first hijab and abaya collection for Muslim women

ABAYA COLLECTION. Dolce & Gabbana unveils their first collection of abayas and hijabs for Muslim women. Screengrab from Instagram/stylearabia

PH transportation, new immigration chief, Pia Wurtzbach | 12PM wRap

Jan 07, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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Poe to Aquino: Fire transport chief Abaya now

Jan 06, 2016 - 5:59 PM

Senator Grace Poe who has investigated the MRT management says the safety of the riding public is in peril because of the DOTC chief s incompetence and shortsightedness

MRT WOES. Presidential candidate Senator Grace Poe wants President Benigno Aquino III to sack DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya. File photo by Mark Z. Saludes

LTFRB sets final projects for Aquino's term

Jan 05, 2016 - 7:25 PM

The LTFRB is making a final push for projects like premium buses and taxis with deals eyed to go beyond 2016

FINAL PUSH. With 6 months remaining before the end of the current administration, LTFRB pushes for the extension of premium point-to-point bus services, jeepney modernization program, the IT PPP deal installation, among others.

LTFRB exec Roberto Cabrera is new LTO chief

Jan 03, 2016 - 11:36 AM

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board LTFRB executive director Roberto Cabrera will take over the LTO following the resignation of Alfonso Tan Jr