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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

FORMER DOTC SECRETARY JOSEPH EMILIO ABAYA, 7 OTHERS, FACES GRAFT CHARGES OVER P3.8 BILLION ANOMALOUS LICENSE PLATE DEAL



Former Department of Transportation and Communication Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya along with seven others are facing graft charges over anomalous P3.8 billion license plate deal.
Citizens Crime Watch (CCW)  and the Liga ng Eksplosibong Pagbabago, accompanied by their legal counsel, former MRT 3 general manager Al Vitangcol, filed the complaint at the Department of Justice on Tuesday, December 6.

The complainant noted that in 2013, the LTO embarked in the P3.8-billion Motor Vehicle License Plate Standardization Program (MVLPSP).
The project was awarded to the PPI-JKG Joint Venture; however, the complainant said that “post-qualification of the winning bidder was not done, contrary to the recommendations of the DOTC-BAC Technical Working Group (TWG).
“Had the BAC allowed the post qualification, DOTC could have established that PPI-JKG Joint Venture does not have the financial capability to manufacture the license plates under the MVLPSP Project,” it explained.

Personalities that has been included in criminal raps for violating the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Government Officials and Employees are: 

Joseph Emilio Abaya (former DOTC secretary),

Dante Lantin (transportation assistant secretary), 

Alfonso Tan Jr. (former Land Transportation Office director), 

Jose Perpetuo Lotilla (former DOTC bids and awards committee member), 

Rene Limcaoco (former DOTC bids and awards committee member), 

Julianito Bucayan Jr. (former DOTC bids and awards committee member), 

Catherine Jennifer Gonzales (former DOTC bids and awards committee member),
  and
Ron Salo (corporate counsel of Power Plates Development Concepts Inc. and J. Knieriem BV-Power Plates (PPI-JKG Joint Venture)
Because of this, it pointed out, many vehicle owners who gave their payments “have not been issued the corresponding plates” and the non-availiability of the motor plates “resulted in the myriad of problems—carnapping, violation of traffic laws—among others.”

CCW cited that the Commission on Audit (COA) disallowed the project in July 2015 on the ground that the same was awarded without the required allotment in the 2014 General Appropriations Act.

The complaint was filed after the DOJ issued an August 21 resolution ordering the indictment of officials of Power Plates Development Concepts Inc. and J. Knieriem BV-Power Plates for estafa through falsification of commercial document, false testimony and perjury, and violation of the Government Procurement Act.

“This Honorable Office (DOJ) further established that conspiracy existed among the respondents, PPI and JKG, and that of the DOTC-BAC,” said the complainants.

“It stressed that apparently, the conspiracy of the car plate manufacturers to commit the offenses, as charged would not have succeeded without the knowledge, intervention, act or ommission of the members of the BAC,” the complainants pointed out.


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