Thu. May 26th, 2022

The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) has filed corruption complaints against some of its current and former officials, engineers, and private contractors involved in the “anomalous” purchase of P170.3-million worth of substandard equipment for the LRT Line 2 (LRT-2).

(pna.gov.ph)

In a statement on Monday, the LRTA said included in the complaints filed before the Office of the Ombudsman were Engr. Fernando Quiambao (former LRTA Head Executive Assistant); Antonio R. Laigo Jr. (LRT-2 Operations Department Manager and designated representative to the Procurement Service – Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) Bids and Awards Committee (BAC); Engr. Julito Bernales (Manager, Project Management Office (PMO) for Rehabilitation Projects); Engr. Rommel Correa; and Engr. Robert Ruiz as well as the Kempal Construction and Supply Corp. and the Joint Venture of Ma-an Construction, Inc., and IFE Elevators, Inc.

“The filing of cases is in support of the anti-corruption efforts of the Duterte Administration and DOTr [Department of Transportation] Secretary Art Tugade’s call to provide comfort and to protect the interest of the riding public,” LRTA officer-in-charge Paul Chua said.

The complaints come after the late LRTA Administrator Reynaldo Berroya formed a fact-finding committee on Dec. 4, 2019 to investigate the P138-million contract for the supply, delivery, installation, and commissioning of conveyance systems awarded to Ma-an Construction, Inc. and IFE Elevators, Inc. JV; the P25.8-million contract for the supply and delivery of rolling stock diagnostic tools and equipment awarded to Kempal Supply and Construction Corporation-Dafang JV; and the P6.5-million contract for the supply and delivery of re-railing equipment awarded to the Kempal Supply and Construction Corporation.

In response, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade has ordered the review of all other LRT rehabilitation projects and continue with the filing of appropriate charges against corrupt officials and contractors.

Tugade also ordered the blacklisting of the joint venture of Ma-an Construction, Inc. and IFE Elevators, Inc. for the delivery of substandard escalators for the LRT-2 line and Kempal Construction Supply Corp. for the delivery of substandard equipment such as re-railing and diagnostic tools.

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