Abaya, DOTC officials 'may have violated' anti-graft law over MRT-3

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Transport officials led by Secretary Joseph Emilio "Jun" Abaya may have violated provisions of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act in relation to the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3).

This was the report submitted on Wednesday (February 3) by the Senate Sub-Committee on MRT3 and Transport Issues — chaired by Sen. Grace Poe — to the Committee on Public Services, chaired by Sen. Serge Osmeña.

Poe's subcommittee recommended that its report be submitted to the Office of the Ombudsman, Department of Justice, and Civil Service Commission for further investigation. 

The report did not recommend that anyone be charged for graft — although back in December, she did say she's surprised Abaya was not charged for a supposedly anomalous MRT3 maintenance contract.

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Some of the other recommendations made by the Sub-Committee included: designating the National Transportation Safety Board as the central independent agency to investigate transportation issues.

The report also said the rehabilitation of physical structures — like the trains and station facilities — must be done immediately. And it must be done with transparency and the cooperation of stakeholders and concerned groups.

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The report also recommended immediately replacing the current maintenance contractor. In case of service interruptions, there should be shuttle buses on standby to transport stranded passengers.

The subcommittee also said the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and MRT3 management should meet and sort out their differences.

Five hearings were conducted by the Senate on the issues surrounding the MRT3.

CNN Philippines' Anna Estanislao contributed to this report.