Corruption complaints vs LRTA execs, contractors


Corruption complaints have been filed by the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) in the Office of the Ombudsman against its engineers and officials.

Private contractors have also been charged. These were all people who were part of the supposedly aberrant purchase of P170.3-million worth of equipment meant for the LRT 2.

The following were named complainants:

Julito Bernales, LRTA project management office for rehabilitation projects manager;

Rommel Correa, LRTA engineer;

Antonio Laigo Jr., LRT2 operations department manager and designated representative to the bids and awards committee of the Department of Budget and Management Procurement Service;

Fernando Quiambao, former LRTA head executive assistant and project implementation officer

Robert Ruiz, LRTA employee;

Kempal Construction and Supply Corp. as well as IFE Elevators Inc. and Ma-an Construction Inc. were charged also since they were the winning bidders for the contracts.

The charges stemmed from the fact-finding mission that the late LRTA Administrator Reynaldo Berroya undertook for two years. It was supported by the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission.

Three contracts were investigated: one worth P6.5-million for the supply and delivery of rerailing equipment, one worth P25.8-million for the supply and delivery of rolling stocks and a P138-million one for the conveyance system of the train line.

Charges against Bernales, Correa, Quiambao and Ruiz were the initial recommendation of the PACC. The LRTA included Laigo for “[failing] to take action to safeguard the interest of the Authority which he represented.”

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade has ordered a thorough review of the LRTA’s rehabilitation projects. More charges may be filed against erring contractors and officials, he said.

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