February 23, 2016
WHY ROXAS IS WRONG ON MRT ISSUE
Roxas was asked during the presidential debates last Sunday to respond to accusations that it was during his stint as Transportation Secretary that failures in the management of the MRT began.
Host Mike Enriquez of GMA7 asked Roxas’ reaction to the following observation: “Sa inyong panunungkulan bilang secretary (ng DOTC) inuugnay ang kapalpakan sa pangangasiwa ng MRT” (failure in the management of the MRT is being associated with your stint as DOTC secretary).
Roxas responded by calling the MRT contract anomalous and blamed the contract for MRT woes.
MRT Holdings, however, clarified that it was Roxas’ flawed leadership, not a flawed contract, that has caused damage to the MRT.
“If he is referring to the Build-Lease-Transfer agreement between the government and MRT Corp., then he needs to know that that contract was bid out, approved by both the DOTC and ICC NEDA, and awarded during the term of Pres. Cory Aquino. It was confirmed as legal and binding by no less than the Supreme Court of the Philippines during the term of Pres. Ramos so Roxas cannot say that the contract is flawed,” explained MRT Holdings spokesperson Atty. David Narvasa.
“If you will recall, DOTC under Sec. Roxas entertained the proposal of PH Trams, a company which, at the time it first gave its proposal, was only a one day old company. Worse, when the PH Trams proposal was made known to Sec. Roxas, the company, composed of members of the Liberal Party, only had a capitalization of a measly P625,000. Worst, the incorporators had no track record in rail maintenance. Yet PH Trams was appointed without bidding,” Narvasa lamented.
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