Manila, Philippines – Anakpawis Party-list Representative Ariel “Ka Ayik“ Casilao today urged Senator Grace Poe, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Public Service to go beyond holding former Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) Secretary Joseph Abaya responsible on the P3.8 billion MRT deal mess, instead lock on her target to the accountability of former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino. Casilao said that Aquino was the consistent factor on the epochal distress on the said rail system, as it could be traced back to the stint of the Abaya’s predecessor, 2016 Liberal Party presidential bet Mar Roxas.
“The MRT3 mess could be described briefly by the mix of Liberal Party men, PH Trams, Global APT, BURI is equivalent to multi-billion peso bootie and daily mass hardship of more than a million commuters,” Casilao said in a press statement.
The militant lawmaker that the government should not tolerate the strong denial of Abaya under a facade of idiocy tagged with a price of at least P3.8 billion for the non-operating chinese trains, P3.81 billion for the maintenance contracted with the Busan Universal Rail, Inc. or BURI, and a total contract costs for PH Trams and Global APT of more than P2 billion for 38-month maintenance, from October 2012 to December 2015.
“The combined irregularity-masked-as-idiocy by Aquino’s men has just charged the public with roughly P9.7 billion, thus, we dare Sen. Poe to get their obvious ringleader,” Casilao said.
The Anakpawis lawmaker claimed that while the Duterte government is thrusting its platform on infrastructure projects, but to operate under the same Public-Private Partnership (PPP) framework, will likely to suffer the same fate as the MRT-3 project.
“We had enough of this incessant pecadillos, that are brainchildren of corrupt government officials and profit-hungry private entities, it is long overdue to scrap this PPP mind-setting and messianic credence that only the private sector could deliver on this programs and projects,” Casilao hinted.
Anakpawis reiterated its call to hold those primarily responsible on the MRT-3 anomalies, legally liable and for the Duterte government to mull over and nationalize one of the country’s premier mass transport system. ###