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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)


Supreme Court: Refund RFID fees paid by vehicle owners

Feb 22, 2017 - 5:46 PM

The High Court declares the agreement between government and Stradcom void because of the absence of public bidding

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

DOTr’s hits and misses in 1st 100 days: NAIA, EDSA traffic, MRT3

Oct 12, 2016 - 6:19 PM

The first 100 days of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade are marked by initiatives to decongest the country s premier airport as well as an unchanged state of MRT3 and EDSA traffic They also give a glimpse of what lies ahead

HONEYMOON. Eliminating laglag bala or bullet-planting incidents inside Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), resolving a legal battle involving the Common Station deal, fewer flight delays, faster Wi-Fi available in 23 public transport sites, and cleaner NAIA toilets, are among the initiatives Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and his colleagues have accomplished in just 100 days. Rappler file photo

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

Art Tugade and his inherited headaches

Aug 23, 2016 - 8:00 AM

The new transportation chief s tall order from the President: No long waiting lines in all public transport

TALL ORDER. Transportation chief Arthur Tugade vows to solve all low hanging fruits in transportation as soon as possible

CA junks MRT3 owners' appeal to stop gov't from getting more trains

Jul 27, 2016 - 6:30 PM

The appellate court says the MRT3 owners claims are merely self serving and uncorroborated by independent witnesses

DROP IT. The country's transportation department is demanding the Robert John Sobrepeña-controlled MRT Holdings, Incorporated II to drop its bid to stop the addition of 48 new train cars to the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT3) system. File photo from DOTC

Court of Appeals approves phaseout of 15-year-old buses

Jul 26, 2016 - 2:50 PM

The court upholds the constitutionality of two government orders mandating the phaseout of 15 year old buses citing public safety

PHASEOUT. The Court of Appeals upholds the constitutionality of government orders imposing an age limit on buses. Rappler file photo

TV5's Cherie Mercado is new transportation spokesperson

Jul 17, 2016 - 8:37 AM

Transportation chief Arthur Tugade confirms the news saying Mercado will assume office once clearances are secured

NEW SPOKESPERSON. Mercado breaks news in an Instagram post, saying she is leaving the network to join the new administration. Photo from her Twitter account

Free Wi-Fi at NAIA, LRT, MRT, select transpo hubs in 100 days

Jul 13, 2016 - 9:55 AM

The Philippine government taps PLDT s Smart to offer free Wi Fi at the country s major transportation hubs

TAPPING THE PRIVATE. Transport chief Tugade (right) thanks PLDT's Alberto (left) and Pangilinan (center) for supporting the department's advocacy. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

San Miguel buys out partner in $1.6B MRT7 project

Jul 05, 2016 - 9:00 PM

A 100 million deal results in San Miguel owning 100 of the company which will design construct and complete the MRT7

POSSIBLE DELAYS? Ramon Ang (beside former President Benigno Aquino III) says the transportation department has not fully delivered right of way yet. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Incoming DOTC chief to businessmen: Don't corrupt us

Jun 22, 2016 - 2:16 PM

You want us not to be corrupt? Do not bribe and bind yourselves to us and gain our patronage incoming Transportation Secretary Art Tugade tells businessmen

'NO BRIBING PLEASE.' Incoming Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade attends the 'Sulong Pilipinas' business forum on June 21, 2016. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Belmonte backs emergency powers for Duterte vs traffic

Jun 21, 2016 - 5:47 PM

The outgoing Speaker of the House of Representatives says waiving the bidding for transportation contracts is fine as long as all information are made public

LP LEADER. Outgoing House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte said he might lead the members of the LP who will join the majority coalition if their members won't be asked to jump ship to PDP-Laban. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

LTO can’t release car, motorcycle license plates just yet – SC

Jun 14, 2016 - 6:07 PM

The Supreme Court says the TRO stays until it resolves the issue of the supplier returning the downpayment to the LTO and the national treasury as instructed by state auditors

Bureau of Customs Public Information and Assistance Division

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

Duterte eyes ‘extraordinary’ DOTC powers to solve traffic crisis

Jun 03, 2016 - 2:19 PM

Duterte says such powers will give the DOTC leeway to expedite government processes that will allow it to address the transportation crisis immediately

TALKING TRANSPO. Duterte holds a media briefing at the Presidential Guesthouse at DPWH Depot Compound, Panacan, Davao City. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

After 4 years, toilet project remains unfinished at Zamboanga airport

May 27, 2016 - 12:04 PM

Delays in the implementation of the project are being blamed on the complicated procurement process

UNFINISHED. The toilets at the Zamboanga airport remain unfinished. Photo courtesy of CAAP

Aquino signs law creating DICT, restructuring DOTC

May 23, 2016 - 5:50 PM

Units related to communications will be moved to the newly created Department of Information and Communications Technology

NEW DEPARTMENT. The new law restructures the Department of Transportation and Communications, and creates an information and communications technology department.

Why Cebuanos love this LTO employee

May 17, 2016 - 6:38 PM

I do things fast because I know that people don’t want to be delayed While I’m entertaining the complaint of one person I’m also paying attention to another complaint says Winifredo Miro a model civil servant

Duterte names Tugade for DOTC, eyes Dominguez for DOF

May 16, 2016 - 2:39 PM

Arthur Tugade was Rodrigo Duterte s schoolmate at San Beda

CDC CHIEF. CDC president and CEO Arthur Tugade (left) is reportedly leaving the Aquino administration to support another presidential candidate. Photo from CDC-CD

Next Speaker? Pantaleon Alvarez and the ghost of NAIA 3

May 14, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The newly elected Davao del Norte representative is being eyed by PDP Laban Duterte s party as next House Speaker

Alabang-Makati premium bus route launched

Apr 26, 2016 - 1:20 PM

The third point to point bus route is expected to provide a convenient transportation option for residents living in parts of Cavite and southern Metro Manila

EXPRESS BUS. The point-to-point bus service promises commuters a faster, more comfortable ride. Photo from the DOTC

San Miguel Corp forms new company for MRT7

Apr 14, 2016 - 9:15 PM

This company will be in charge of developing the long delayed MRT7 which will run from Quezon City to Bulacan

DELAYS. After MRT7 construction snagged an over 7-year delay due to stalled financial closure and change in terms of the deal, it faces another issue: right-of-way acquisition

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

Customs eyes turnover of 'abandoned' license plates to LTO

Apr 07, 2016 - 2:50 PM

Some 600 000 license plates may be handed over to the LTO – duties and taxes waived – if the BOC gets approval from the DOF

Bureau of Customs Public Information and Assistance Division

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

Change.org petition to LTO: Suspend LED light 'ban'

Mar 28, 2016 - 5:42 PM

What do you think of the LTO policy on LED lights? Would you like to sign the peition?

Creating sustainable transport systems: PH's progress so far

Mar 28, 2016 - 3:09 PM

Long term sustainability would require transforming the way we build our cities and integrating cycling as well as walking into our transport planning processes

COMMON SIGHT. During rush hour, a sea of headlights and red brake lights are common on the major thoroughfare EDSA in the car-centric capital of the Philippines. Rappler photo

Sandiganbayan dismisses graft case vs ex-DOTC official

Mar 13, 2016 - 7:45 PM

The anti graft court junks the case against former Assistant Secretary Lorenzo Formoso III due to lack of probable cause

Yes, Pedro, we need to modernize the jeepney

Mar 08, 2016 - 2:22 PM

The former icon of Philippine culture is not something to be proud of anymore It has lost its luster It has turned into a symbol of decay and neglect

OLD VS NEW. the traditional jeepney running on fuel (left) alongside an e-jeepney. Photo by Rommel T. Juan

LRT2 resumes operation after 3-hour disruption

Mar 08, 2016 - 11:52 AM

UPDATED The mass transit line was on limited operation on Tuesday morning March 8 stranding hundreds of passengers for about 3 hours

LTFRB rejects Grab plea to resume GrabBike operations

Mar 04, 2016 - 4:47 PM

LTFRB says bike services may not be considered alternative public transport due to safety reasons

LAST RIDE. The Philippine government rejects Grab Philippines' petition to resume operations of GrabBike. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

LTO: License plates could be out in March if issues settled

Mar 01, 2016 - 8:36 PM

The Commission on Audit will have to lift its stop payment order and taxes on the license plates will have to be paid for

Delayed license plates abandoned at Manila port – customs

Feb 29, 2016 - 4:13 PM

Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina says the license plates are in 11 container vans and have incurred duties and taxes of about P40 million

NEW PLATES. The LTO has come under fire for the lack of license plates and a policy that penalizes motorists with unregistered vehicles. Photo from DOTC Twitter

Engineers racing to fix LRT1

Feb 27, 2016 - 4:07 PM

Aiming to rehabilitate and upgrade the 20 stations of the dilapidated Light Rail Transit Line 1 in 18 months over 1 200 engineers and staff are preparing for the future

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

Right-of-way acquisition for MRT7: Zero

Feb 22, 2016 - 1:36 PM

After MRT7 construction snagged an over 7 year delay due to stalled financial closure and change in terms of the deal it faces another issue: right of way acquisition

BUREAUCRATIC SNARL-UPS. It is past the MRT7 contractor's target date for start of construction, and the government has not decided yet on when to break ground

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

DOTC, LTFRB launch PWD-friendly premium buses

Feb 18, 2016 - 10:55 AM

The government launches a new class of city premium buses with low floors and foldable ramps for persons with disability

VIP LOUNGE. The two double decker point-to-point luxury buses during dry run at SM North Edsa in January 2016. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

After 7 years, San Miguel unit to start building MRT7

Feb 15, 2016 - 6:49 PM

MRT7 involves the construction of train stations from San Jose del Monte Bulacan to Quezon City among others

GOOD NEWS. If everything goes to plan, MRT7 construction will be completed in August 2019

Light Rail Manila signs P24B-loan for LRT1 Cavite extension

Feb 12, 2016 - 4:54 PM

French rail makers Bouygues Travaux Publics and Alstom Transport Private Limited will help the Light Rail Manila Consortium build the LRT1 Cavite extension

HOUNDED BY DELAYS. The group of Ayala and MPIC in 2014 bagged the P64.9-billion deal to extend LRT-1 from Baclaran to Bacoor, Cavite

Gov't approves two more premium bus routes

Feb 11, 2016 - 5:35 PM

Commuters from North EDSA to Makati and Ortigas can benefit from new point to point bus routes

FAST AND COMFORTABLE. The point to point buses promise faster travel time and a comfortable riding experience for bus commuters. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Uber brings carpooling service UberHOP to Manila

Feb 10, 2016 - 3:50 PM

Uber Technologies tests out a carpooling service with specific pick up and drop off locations

CLOSER TO TRANSIT. Manila becomes the third city in the world, after Toronto and Seattle, to see the introduction of UberHOP. Logo image from bandt.com.au

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

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

Arbitrary? Motorcycle riders protest LED light policy

Jan 28, 2016 - 3:42 PM

Vague Land Transportation Office guidelines result in arbitrary apprehensions and double standards in implementation riders say