President Benigno Aquino III is still confident in Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Abaya amid the graft case the latter has been slapped with.
According to Presidential Communications Sec. Sonny Coloma Jr., it is part of Abaya’s job to face the charges filed against him at the Office of the Ombudsman.
The National Federation of Filipino Consumers charged Abaya and other officials of the DOTC regarding the anomalous 1.7 Billion peso ticketing system of the MRT/LRT.
Aside from Abaya, DOTC Usec. Jose Lotilla, Usec. Rene Limcaoco, and Usec. Catherine Gonzales have been charged as well. The above mentioned names are members of the Bids and Awards Committee for the said project.
The group said that the government is at the losing end from the said contract because the DOTC just let the company take control of the said project and pay within 10 years when they could have paid in full, as per offered by the other bidders of the project.