Watch: Sen Grace Poe Blames Mar Roxas for MRT3 Mess, Might Invite Roxas in Next Senate Hearing (Video)
Senator Grace Poe said this Monday, May 15 that Mar Roxas is to blamed in all the problems related to the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3) when he was still the transportation secretary. As we all know, both Roxas and Poe ran for president during the May 2016 elections, wherein President Rodrigo Duterte won. Watch her interview video below.
“I’m convinced that during his (Roxas’) time they dropped the ball. and I also am convinced Secretary (Francis ‘Jun’) Abaya should not have allowed it to continue or persist during his time,” Sen. Grace Poe told reporters, being the chairperson of the Senate public services committee. She also was asked if she will invite Roxas in the next Senate hearing.
“Kung kinakailangan siyang ipatawag, ipapatawag natin, Pero kung paiikutin lamang, mabuti pa siguro the record would speak for itself, what has been stated here in this hearing that we had,” She added, noting that that certain Marlo dela Cruz, who is a supposed ally of the Liberal Party (LP), had various questionable contracts in the maintenance of MRT 3.
“Pinag-iingatan natin [na] wag sasabihin pulitika ito, pero nakikita talaga ‘yung isang incorporator na … si Marlo dela Cruz ay talagang kasama sa nananalo sa bidding, na ‘yung kanyang kumpanya bagong incorporated, maliit capitalization. Ang meron lamang siya, koneksyon do’n sa mga nakaraang nakaupo sa DOTC.” Sen Poe added.
According to Sen. Poe, Marlo Dela Cruz is one of the incorporators of PH Trams-CB&T, the maintenance provider of MRT from October 2012 to September 2013, and had then a small capital of P620,000 only. The lady senator noted that the latter is also an incorporator of the joint venture of Global-APT JV from September 2013 to July 2015.
During the Senate hearing , Abaya admitted that he signed the controversial PH Trams-CB&T maintenance contract. However, he said that it was still during the time of Roxas as DOTC secretary when the contract was finalized. As we all know, he replaced Roxas in 2012, while then-President Noynoy Aquino appointed the latter as DILG secretary.