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Ex-MRT chief Al Vitangcol convicted of graft over maintenance contract

Feb 06, 2020 - 11:58 AM

The contractor, and his uncle-in-law Arturo Soriano, are also convicted over the non-disclosure of the two of their relationship

CONVICTED. Former MRT-3 General Manager Al Vitangcol is convicted of one count of graft and one count of violation of procurement law for concealing his relationship to his uncle-in-law, one of the incporators of PH Trams that won a maintenance contract for MRT. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sandigan dismisses 2 graft charges vs ex-MRT chief Vitangcol

Oct 07, 2019 - 11:42 PM

The anti-graft court says the prosecution failed to provide 'the required quantum of proof' that Al Vitangcol and businessman Wilson de Vera tried to extort money from a Czech company

ACQUITTED. Former MRT-3 general manager Al Vitangcol III is acquitted by the Sandiganbayan on Monday, October 7, during the promulgation of his graft case in relation to the alleged $30-million extortion attempt on officials of Czech firm Inekon Group. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

CA reaffirms Ombudsman order against ex-MRT chief Vitangcol

Feb 04, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The Court of Appeals says Al Vitangcol III, who is accused of extortion, did not raise new arguments in his petition

EMBATTLED. Former MRTA chief Al Vitangcol faces several cases over an alleged extortion attempt on a Czech company. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Poe to invite Roxas to next Senate hearing on MRT3 mess

May 23, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Senator Grace Poe says her former election rival has some explaining to do on the questionable contract with a maintenance provider under his term as transportation chief

GHOSTS OF THE MRT3. Senator Grace Poe says the MRT3 mess started under the term of former transportation secretary Manuel Roxas II.

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)


Tracking Sandiganbayan: Who's who in PH's biggest corruption cases?

Jan 22, 2017 - 3:44 PM

Which corruption cases are still pending before the anti graft court and what are their statuses in the judicial process?

Sandiganbayan suspends Pangasinan exec over MRT graft case

Jan 20, 2017 - 3:08 PM

Arturo Soriano the provincial accountant of Pangasinan is suspended for 90 days for graft charges over an alleged anomalous MRT3 contract

SUSPENDED. Sandiganbayan upholds the Ombudsman's earlier suspension order against Arturo Soriano

Vitangcol eyes charges vs DOTr execs over MRT-LRT common station

Jan 19, 2017 - 6:51 PM

Former MRT3 chief Al Vitangcol III claims transportation officials violated the procurement law when they allowed a compromise deal on the common station

TURNING AGAINST DOTR. While answering to his multiple graft charges before Sandiganbayan, dismissed MRT3 General Manager Al Vitangcol wants to sue officials of the DOTr over alleged violations of the procurement laws. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sandiganbayan affirms criminal charges vs ex-MRT chief Vitangcol

Oct 11, 2016 - 6:47 PM

The Sandiganbayan s 3rd Division denies Al Vitangcol III s motion to quash for lack of merit

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

Ex-MRT3 chief Vitangcol slapped with extortion charges

Apr 11, 2016 - 8:34 PM

Vitangcol tried to extort 30 million from Inekon and insisted that it pick a conspirator s firm as a partner to win the MRT3 expansion project says the Ombudsman

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

Ombudsman files criminal charges vs ex-MRT3 chief

Dec 01, 2015 - 12:35 PM

The case involves Al Vitangcol s move to award a contract to a firm where his uncle in law is an executive

CRIMINAL CHARGES. The Ombudsman has filed criminal charges against former MRT2 general manager Al Vitangcol III. File photo by Ben Nabong/ Rappler

Binay on MRT woes: DOTC, Aquino allies to blame

Aug 03, 2015 - 9:20 PM

In his True State of the Nation Address the Vice President says the current and former transportation secretaries are liable for the glitch ridden MRT3

OVERCAPACITY. Vice President Jejomar Binay hits the administration for failing to improve services for suffering riders of the MRT3. File photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler Mark Saludes Mark Saludes

Poe on MRT deal: Why exclude Abaya from graft charges?

Jul 05, 2015 - 7:05 PM

UPDATED The senator says if the Ombudsman dismissed PNP chief Alan Purisima for command responsibility in one case then why didn t it do it to Abaya of DOTC in another?

In this file photo, Sen. Grace Poe asks DOTC and MRT officials to ensure the completion of committed deliverables to upgrade and rehabilitate the MRT at the Senate public services subcommittee on transport hearing on Feb. 4.

Graft charges vs DOTC chief Abaya, 20 others over MRT3 deal

Sep 25, 2014 - 5:55 PM

Former MRT3 General Manager Al Vitangcol III and Court of Appeals justice Rafael Antonio Santos are named as defendants in the graft complaint

Better MRT 3? More trains deployed to ease congestion

Jun 27, 2014 - 12:07 AM

MRT 3 management boosts capacity during peak hours

BETTER SERVICE? The MRT 3 adds trains to service more passengers during peak hours

Vitangcol sued for bribery over P3.76-B MRT project

Jun 24, 2014 - 7:02 PM

Former MRT 3 general manager Al Vitangcol III faces criminal and administrative complaints Through a supposed liaison he asked for 30 million from a Czech company in exchange for being the project s supplier

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May 27, 2014 - 10:01 PM

Alleged mastermind Janet Napoles claims she is a scapegoat in the pork barrel scam Did MRT general manager Al Vitangcol resign or was he fired? A Chinese ship attacks a Vietnamese fishing boat in disputed territory

Vitangcol: Uncle-in-law divested before MRT 3 contract awarding

May 27, 2014 - 7:19 PM

A solon offers a theory on the possible role PH Trams played in the alleged 30 million extortion attempt

CONTROVERSIAL. Lawmakers want to look deeper into maintenance contracts entered into by MRT. File photo by AFP

Sacked or resigned? It's both, says Vitangcol

May 27, 2014 - 3:04 PM

Vitangcol a presidential appointee says he won t keep the post even if the president decides to reject his resignation

OUT. Former MRT 3 general manager Al Vitangcol says his resignation is irrevocable. Photo by Rappler

MRT chief Vitangcol sacked

May 26, 2014 - 9:00 PM

Vitangcol is relieved over allegations of extortion and an anomalous deal with in law

PUBLIC APOLOGY. MRT Chief Al Vitangcol III apologizes for the current long lines at the MRT and vows significant improvement by early 2015. AFP file photo

MRT 3 express trains 'on hold'

Apr 29, 2014 - 3:01 PM

Shelved even before it can take off MRT 3 management says it is still refining details of its express train plan

MRT CONGESTION. The MRT 3 announces an

Catch up: The DOTC's race to 2016

Apr 18, 2014 - 1:23 PM

Admitting the government had lagged behind in improving the transportation sector the DOTC is now playing catch up

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MRT 3 operations stalled anew

Apr 15, 2014 - 10:58 AM

UPDATED MRT 3 operations bog down because of a broken rail between North Avenue and Quezon Avenue stations Full operations resume several hours later

Palace official apologizes for 'insensitive' MRT remark

Apr 11, 2014 - 4:42 PM

Malacañang encourages the public to send suggestions on improving the Metro Rail Transit MRT and asks for patience as the government awaits additional coaches

PATIENCE. Malacañang asks commuters for understanding as it waits for the new MRT coaches to arrive in 2015. AFP file photo

MRT chief: ‘I’ll resign once cleared’

Apr 11, 2014 - 11:53 AM

MRT chief Al Vitangcol III who insists he has no protector in government is mulling legal action against all those who have accused him of corruption

MRT's Vitangcol focused on corruption, not job – commuters group

Apr 10, 2014 - 7:07 PM

We don t know if he functions as a general manager or he s there to raise funds for the Liberal Party says a commuters group that wants Vitangcol to resign for inefficiency

INEFFICIENT, MISMANAGED. The Riles Network wants MRT 3 general manager Al Vitangcol to resign for failing to ease and prevent long lines at MRT 3 stations. File photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

P30-M libel complaint filed vs Inquirer editor, Czech envoy

Apr 09, 2014 - 6:00 PM

A Filipino contractor files the complaint as talks re surface about an MRT official s alleged attempt to extort 30 million on a Czech company leads

MRT, LRT schedules for Holy Week

Apr 09, 2014 - 1:55 PM

The MRT 3 LRT 1 and LRT 2 will stop operations from April 17 to 20 2014

HOLY WEEK BREAK. The MRT 3, LRT 1 and LRT 2 will be closed from April 17-20, 2014. File photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Delivery of new MRT trains to ease congestion set for Feb 2015

Apr 07, 2014 - 9:04 PM

Until then passengers should still expect long queues in MRT

Palace questions Czech envoy's revived MRT allegations

Apr 07, 2014 - 6:02 PM

Malacañang Palace gives assurances that allegations of corruption and the ongoing investigations will not affect improvements on the Metro Rail Transit MRT

MRT 3 resumes regular operation after glitch

Mar 24, 2014 - 10:00 AM

UPDATED Regular MRT operations resumed at 9:20 am

MRT-3 'extortion' saga: Now it's Vitangcol's sister

Sep 02, 2013 - 6:09 PM

Trade and Communications Secretary Joseph Abaya says the Czech ambassador was not complaining about other DOTC officials

RESHUFFLING. Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya says the agency is planning to reshuffle airport managers in the country. File photo

Abaya puts 'Pisay' classmate in charge of MRT

Jul 25, 2013 - 1:13 AM

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