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MILITANT GROUPS SUE EX-TRANSPO CHIEF, BURI OVER ANOMALOUS MRT-3 CONTRACT



The riding public have been consistently inconvenienced, not only by the heavy traffic in the metro, but also by the public transportation.

On Monday, Militant groups from Bayan, Bayan Muna, TREN, and AGHAM– who said they are taxpayers and commuters – filed a complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman against former transportation chief Joseph Emilio Abaya, former Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) GM Roman Buenafe, former Undersecretary Rene Limcaoco and officials of the Busan Universal Rail Inc. (BURI).

The complaint was for the violation of the anti-graft law and the government procurement law, for a P3.8 billion train maintenance contract that the group described as grossly disadvantageous to the public.

The complainants lamented that such as huge project was entered into as a negotiated contract.

The group said this may serve as a warning to current Transportation officials who may be thinking of favoring certain groups that will take over the maintenance and operations of the train system.

Meantime, they are pushing for a Train Summit involving commuters and stakeholders to address issues with the train system.