WATCH: Sen. Grace Poe, "Dapat Sampahan Ng Kaso Ang Mga Dating Opisyal Ng Aquino Administration Sa Palpak Na Serbisyo Ng MRT!"
Sen. Grace Poe demanded that Aquino administration's Transport officials must pay and should face trial over the purchase of 48 coaches worth P3.8 billion that turned out not compatible for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3 system.
“Dapat talaga pagbayaran nila yan. Dapat magkaroon ng kaso,” Sen. Poe said while vowing to file a resolution when the Senate resumes its regular session starting Tuesday for a full-dressed probe into the anomaly.
Poe as the Senate Public Services Committee chairwoman said she and even the current Department of Transportation (DoTr) officials, led by Secretary Arthur Tugade, were being stucked by this anomaly.
Poe said Tugade was made to believe by past public statements of previous Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) officials, led by then Secretary Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya, that the trains purchased from Dalian, China, would finally end the transport woes of hundreds of thousands of commuters once they are installed.
However, the signaling system could not be installed because of the China made trains is not in order.
Poe said she would order the past transport officials to appear before her committee through the coercive powers of subpoenas if they refuse to appear when summoned.
“All will be invited,” Poe said, adding that her planned committee hearing would certainly cut short Abaya’s retirement from government service “because we need his explanation.”
The MRT issue started after the Aquino administration severed its maintenance contract with Japanese firm Sumitomo because of its alleged high fees.
Past administration officials then bid out the maintenance contracts to some firms whose technical problems were also questioned.
“Yan ang isa pang malaking kasalanan na kung sino man ang nag-apruba niyan ay dapat managot,” the senator said pertaining to Dalian train contract.