FORMER Metro Rail Transit-3 general manager Al Vitangcol III on Tuesday urged the Sandiganbayan to subpoena the dossiers of the Metro Rail Transit Corp. that have something to do with the MRT-3 interim maintenance contract.
He asked the anti-graft court’s Presiding Justice and Third Division chairperson Amparo Cabotaje-Tang to order the Department of Transportation and Communications and other concerned agencies to present in court the letter from MRTC chairman Tomas de Leon Jr. addressed to former Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas dated July 25, 2012; letter from De Leon to incumbent Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya dated June 3, 2013; letter from Philippine Trams Rail Management and Services Corp. (PH Trams)-COMM Builders and Technology Philippines Corp., former MRT maintenance provider, to De Leon dated Aug. 31, 2012, and all other letters sent by De Leon to the secretary of the DoTC on the maintenance of the MRT-3 between July 2012 and October 2013.
Vitangcol said he could use the documents to defend himself in the graft charges he is facing before the Third Division.
In a motion, Vitangcol said “as a private citizen, herein accused would no longer be entertained by MRTC, much more be provided with said documents.”
The Office of the Ombudsman charged Vitangcol with graft for the alleged anomalous award of the MRT’s multi-million-peso maintenance contract to the joint venture of PH Trams and CB&T.
An uncle of the wife of Vitangcol was one of the incorporator.
Vitangcol earlier asked the Sandiganbayan to question Abaya why he was not included in the graft charges over the MRT maintenance contract controversy.