DOTR To Take Legal Actions Against A Philippine Star Columnist After Budget Allegations On MRT Rehabilitation Project - The Daily Sentry

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

DOTR To Take Legal Actions Against A Philippine Star Columnist After Budget Allegations On MRT Rehabilitation Project

DOTr and Philippine Star columnist, Jarius Bondoc
One of the enemies of the society nowadays is the mere existence of fake news. The more the technology evolves, the more the people get aggressive with spreading lies and leave the real stories behind in exchange of huge amount of cash. But despite such vices, there are people who work hard to disclose the truth, and nothing but the truth. By that, it makes the nation divided.

Allegations from a columnist

Department of Transportation has recently released a statement in lieu of a fake news from a Philippine Star columnist, Jarius Bondoc. Once, Bondoc is said to have allegations pointing against Sumitomo Corporation which he claims to have given a price quote of P7.5 billion for the rehabilitation of the MRT-3. Sumitomo denied the claims and released a statement that they did not submit any “price quote” to MRTC for the past five years. Today, Jarius points out that the incumbent Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan used to work in DOTC and a left hand of a certain Usec then.

DOTr’s claims 
DOTr, photo from When In Manila
According to DOTr’s Facebook page post, Batan entered DOTC on 2015 as a Consultant/Resource
Person who helps to review contracts in regards to Public-Private Partnership Projects (PPP). Added to that, the agency undergoes a complex process and screening before it came up with the P18-B peso budget for MRT rehabilitation project. A comprehensive system inspection was conducted by 150 Japanese and Filipino engineers from January to April of this year followed by a fact-finding mission of JICA (Japanese International Cooperation Agency).

Furthermore, the budget and the project itself has passed through the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and Investment Coordinating Committee or ICC. The agency strongly affirms,

“Hindi minagic ang presyo ng proyekto.” 

And even warned not to believe in news that just came out of nowhere.

Legal actions

In the comment section of the said Facebook post, the DOTr revealed that they will take necessary legal actions in regards to the issue. Netizens insist the government agency to file a case against Jarius Bondoc.

Read full post below:

BASAHIN: Sumablay na naman sa inilabas na impormasyon ang kolumnistang si Jarius Bondoc ng pahayagang Philippine Star.

Nauna nang pinabulaanan ng Sumitomo Corporation ang alegasyong inilathala ng kolumnista na umano'y dati na nitong tinuringan ang rehabilitasyon ng MRT-3 sa halagang PhP7.5-B. Sa halip, iginiit ng Sumitomo na hindi ito nagbigay ng anumang "price quote" sa MRTC sa nakaraang limang taon.

Ngayon naman, inihayag ni Bondoc na taong 2012 pa sa noo'y DOTC si Transportation Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan, at kanang kamay pa umano ng isang Usec.


December 2015 unang pumasok sa DOTC si Usec. Batan bilang isang Consultant/Resource Person para tumulong sa pag-review ng mga kontrata ukol sa Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Projects.

Muling iginigiit ng DOTr na masusi ang prosesong pinagdaanan upang maitakda ang halagang PhP18-B para sa proyektong rehabilitasyon ng MRT-3. Nagkaroon ng comprehensive system inspection ang 150 Japanese at Filipino engineers mula Enero hanggang Abril nitong taon. Sinundan 'yan ng fact-finding mission ng Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), at nagsagawa pa ng loan appraisal mission. Hindi lang 'yan. Dumaan pa sa review and approval ng National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Investment Coordinating Committee (ICC) ang proyekto.


'Wag po tayong magpalinlang sa mga impormasyong hinugot kung saan-saan lang.



Source: Department of Transportation - Philippines