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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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Auction of Veterans Memorial transport hub in 2016

Nov 28, 2015 - 3:41 PM

In terms of project cost Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya says ITS North will be a bit higher than the P4 billion 84 99 million ITS South Terminal PPP deal

THIRD ITS. The third integrated transport hub being implemented through PPP will be located inside the 55-hectare Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City

After a year, LRT-MRT common station problem still unsolved

Nov 25, 2015 - 6:25 PM

A compromise agreement between all stakeholders has yet to be signed

HAMPERING MASS TRANSIT. The stay order on the transfer of the site of the common station is barring the construction of MRT7 and design work for the common station project that has been bundled with LRT1 Cavite Extension project. SM North City EDSA and TriNoma Mall photos from Ramon F. Velasquez

DOTC suspends new rule on professional driver's license

Nov 25, 2015 - 7:56 AM

A new policy requiring both police and NBI clearance to get a professional driver s license has been suspended following concerns raised by senators

SUSPENDED. The DOTC suspends a new LTO rule 'for further study' following concerns raised by senators.

Ayala Land bags P4B ITS-South terminal project

Nov 17, 2015 - 9:38 AM

Under the 35 year concession agreement Ayala Land will operate and maintain a terminal for Manila bound commuters coming from Laguna and Batangas

Chiz to Aquino: Fire Abaya over MRT, 'laglag-bala'

Nov 07, 2015 - 3:48 PM

Reacting to Escudero s call Abaya merely says As I’ve repeatedly said serving the people is a privilege

FIRE HIM. Vice presidential aspirant Senator Francis Escudero calls on President Benigno Aquino III to fire Transportations Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya for failing to solve DOTC's problems.

Should Jun Abaya choose between DOTC and LP?

Nov 04, 2015 - 8:33 PM

DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya says he spends 70 of his time with the department 29 99 with his family and only 01 for the Liberal Party

PRESIDENT'S MAN. DOTC chief and LP Acting President Jun Abaya speaks to reporters at NAIA 3. Photo by Jedwin Llobrera/Rappler

Makati-Pasay-Taguig subway auction targeted for next gov't

Nov 04, 2015 - 8:18 PM

The planned 20 kilometer subway is expected to ease road congestion in the cities of Makati Pasay and Taguig

AUCTION POSTPONED. DOTC initially targeted to auction off the PPP subway deal in the first half of the year; but according to its chief Jun Abaya but it still needs full feasibility study from JICA.

Abaya: Laglag-bala cases 'blown out of proportion'

Nov 04, 2015 - 7:30 PM

From January to November this year 1 394 cases of ammunition found inside bags that enter the airport have been recorded Most of them – more than 700 – happened at NAIA 3

DATA SAYS NO. Transportation Chief Jun Abaya is joined by airport and security chiefs during a press conference on Wednesday, November 4. Photo by Jedwin M. Llobrera/Rappler

New NAIA to be operational in two decades

Oct 27, 2015 - 7:16 PM

The Philippine government is looking at two possible sites for the new NAIA: the reclamation area in Manila Bay and the naval station in Sangley Point in Cavite

NAIA COLLAPSES. The image shows collapsed ceiling of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 last March 27, 2006. Photo from Agence France-Presse

MRT3 buyout target moved to 2016

Oct 22, 2015 - 10:35 AM

DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya says they will convince the Congress to include the MRT3 buyout fund in the 2016 national budget

BELEAGUERED. Troubles in the beleaguered Metro Rail Transit line 3, from rifts between government and private sector to recurring technical glitches, have been passed to thousands of commuters who are waiting for its much-needed upgrades. File photo by Rappler

Rehabilitation of LRT1 stations to start in December

Oct 21, 2015 - 7:51 PM

All LRT1 passenger stations will be improved to enhance accessibility safety and security of commuters the Light Rail Manila Consortium says

IMPROVEMENTS. Light Rail Manila Corporation will start rehabilitating Doroteo Jose station in December 2015. All photos from Light Rail Manila Corporation

DOTC to increase LRT1 capacity by 2018

Oct 16, 2015 - 1:54 PM

The transportation department invites Japanese companies to bid for the procurement of 120 new light rail vehicles for LRT1

JICA-BACKED. The bidding of the new light rail vehicles for LRT1 will be exclusive to Japanese-led companies

APEC ministers okay inclusive mobility, women leaders in transport

Oct 10, 2015 - 11:52 AM

All APEC economies approve the Philippines advocacy that pushes for a region that is bike friendly and promotes women s participation in the transport sector

APPROVED. The Philippines seeks the participation of all 21 APEC member economies to pursue its inclusive mobility and women's participation in transport sector initiatives. Photo from APEC Secretariat

Uber plans APEC region expansion despite rough ride

Oct 09, 2015 - 8:00 PM

An Uber executive says they have asked all 21 APEC member economies to allow the company to operate legally and safely in their jurisdictions

UNFAZED. Uber's aggressive expansion in Asia-Pacific is pushing forward despite regulatory obstacles in major markets

PH to APEC economies: Let's make our region bike-friendly

Oct 08, 2015 - 7:58 PM

The Philippines is set to propose a framework to APEC member economies that will develop sidewalks and encourage walking and biking as the first two modes of transportation

INCLUSIVE MOBILITY. The Philippines will propose before the APEC member economies an inclusive mobility initiative – aimed at making walking and cycling the first two modes of transportation.

DOTC begins MRT3 signaling system upgrade

Oct 01, 2015 - 3:40 PM

DOTC says the upgrade will also ensure the availability of spare parts needed for the uninterrupted operations of the Metro Manila s busiest rail line

MRT3 UPGRADE. Under the contract, Bombardier will replace the existing local control system with a more contemporary software over the next 7 months, while the Philippine government earlier gave Dalian Locomotive the go signal to ship a new MRT3 prototype train car. File photo

LRTA fails to turn over 100 operational coaches

Sep 15, 2015 - 7:43 PM

The consortium of Ayala Corporation Metro Pacific Investments Corporation and Macquarie says The real benefit of an improved train system will not be felt by the riding public immediately

LONG WAIT. Private concessionaire Light Rail Manila Consortium says "the real benefit of an improved train system will not be felt by the riding public immediately"

LRT4, LRT6, NAIA dev't projects up for final approval

Sep 03, 2015 - 7:29 PM

This is in line with the Philippine government s bid to lock in as many infrastructure deals before the current administration ends in mid 2016

MORE PPPs. The Philippine government will be rolling out two LRT extension and NAIA development PPP deals soon.

DOTC: New long-term MRT3 maintenance provider in January

Sep 02, 2015 - 5:00 PM

The transportation department says it has invited several established reputable foreign expert groups to maintain the railway system for 3 years

NEGOTIATED PROCUREMENT. The new long-term maintenance provider will take over from these 7 multi-discipline contractors when their services expire in January 2016.

DOTC to start dry run of LRT2 Masinag extension traffic plan

Aug 28, 2015 - 6:57 PM

The proposed traffic management plan of the transportation department is seen to ease expected heavy traffic in Marikina Cainta and Antipolo due to the LRT2 extension project

TRAFFIC CONGESTION. Once construction is in full swing, the 3.9-kilometer stretch will reduce lanes for traffic to four from 5. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Abaya: 'Profoundly sorry' for reckless traffic remark

Aug 20, 2015 - 6:37 PM

I extend my deepest apologies to the public for an off the cuff statement which understandably came across as reckless and insensitive the transportation chief says

HEAVY TRAFFIC. Traffic situation for northbound at Guadalupe area. Photo by Nile Villa/Rappler

#SG50: What PH's NAIA should learn from SG's Changi Airport

Aug 10, 2015 - 12:26 PM

Ninoy Aquino International Airport should emulate Changi Airport s ways of providing comfort to passengers to improve also the gateway s revenue generating capacity

No LRT1 fare hike under Aquino's watch – Abaya

Aug 06, 2015 - 5:28 PM

Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya says his successor will determine whether or not to implement a fare hike

NO HIKE. The government will compensate Light Rail Manila Consortium for the remaining rail tariff committed to the consortium, Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya says