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Senate joins probe of alleged extort try on Czech firm

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Sen. Francis Escudero (inset) said the Senate committee on finance, of which he is the chair, would take up with officials of the Department of Transportation and Communications the alleged extortion try on the Czech train maker Inekon in relation to how it slowed down the delivery of more coaches for the Metro Rail Transit. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

The Senate will start looking into the alleged $30-million extortion attempt on a Czech train maker when the scandal is raised in Monday’s inquiry into delayed government projects, including the purchase of 48 new coaches for the badly congested Metro Rail Transit.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

DoTC stands firm on Cebu airport deal

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Mactan-Cebu International Airport. CDN FILE PHOTO

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) on Saturday said it was standing by its decision to award the P17.5-billion Mactan-Cebu International Airport contract to the GMR-Megawide consortium, even as Sen. Sergio Osmeña III stepped in to stop the project.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

House seeks to probe MRT GM’s ‘envoy’ Wilson de Vera

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Metro Rail Transit general manager Al Vitangcol III. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Members of the House of Representatives want to summon Wilson de Vera, the alleged “envoy” of Metro Rail Transit (MRT) general manager Al Vitangcol III, to an investigation of allegations that the transport official tried to extort $30 million from Czech train car builder Inekon Group 21 months ago.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

MRT-3 remains safe; accident due to driver’s error—management

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The management of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3), which runs along EDSA in Metro Manila, has blamed the driver of a train involved in a “sudden braking” accident near Guadalupe station, injuring eight commuters onboard, and insisted that the MRT line remains a safe mode of transportation for millions of commuters in Metro Manila.

Posted: March 27th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Metro | Read More »

Abaya told: Fix MRT-LRT lines first before fixing Roxas’ 2016 bid

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Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya and Local Government Secretary Manuel A. Roxas II. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya should spend more time fixing Metro Manila’s jam-packed and broken down trains instead of setting up the 2016 presidential bid of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel A. Roxas II.

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Senator Osmeña threatens suit over Cebu int’l airport contract

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Senator Sergio Osmeña III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Senator Sergio “Serge” Osmeña III has threatened to sue the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) if the agency awards a P17.7-billion contract to upgrade the Mactan-Cebu International Airport to the consortium of Megawide Construction Corp. and GMR Infrastructure Ltd. of India.

Posted: March 16th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Airconditioned train rides from PNR to be available by March

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INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Department of Transportation and Communications will launch a special coach service for the Philippine National Railways line to help ease road congestion by March, the DOTC has just announced.

Posted: February 19th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Metro | Read More »

DOTC hits firm for delaying MRT upgrade

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The transportation department hit back at the recent legal moves of private sector-led Metro Rail Transit Holdings II Inc. that stalled a train deal with a Chinese manufacturer, saying it should explain the delays to upgrade the congested railway line.

Posted: February 11th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

MRT expansion hits hurdle

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The Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Corporation head told a House panel that the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Makati court would delay the expansion project that seeks to add 48 train coaches to the MRT.

Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Metro | Read More »

Motorists advised on 13 road projects till 2016

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P26B METRO SKYWAY  President Aquino (center) laughs as former President Fidel Ramos (second from left) and SMC president Ramon Ang share a joke during the launch of the Metro Manila Skyway project in Makati City on Wednesday. At left is Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson. Up to 13 road and mass transport projects in the capital are in the pipeline in the next two years, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said on Wednesday.  LYN RILLON

Motorists and commuters should brace themselves for continued heavy traffic on major routes till 2016, as up to 13 road and mass transport projects in the capital are in the pipeline in the next two years, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said on Wednesday.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

DOTC bares proposed fare hikes for LRT, MRT

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has released its proposed fare adjustments for Metro Manila’s three elevated railway lines.

Posted: December 13th, 2013 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Relief gridlock in Matnog

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A cargo truck, one of hundreds of vehicles bound for Samar and Leyte provinces,  prepares to board a ferry in Matnog, Sorsogon province, for the mercy trip to the Visayas  on Friday. PHOTO FROM PNP INFORMATION OFFICE-BICOL

Port officials in Matnog town in Sorsogon province on Friday appealed to shipowners to deploy more vessels as a lack of ferries caused a traffic jam in which trucks carrying relief for typhoon victims were caught in a tailback that stretched for 6 kilometers from the Port of Matnog.

Posted: November 16th, 2013 in Banner Story,Editors' Picks | Read More »

Tech vs traffic: Winning app offers help to Metro commuters

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In cyberspace, at least, there is no shortage of “solutions” for commuters dealing with Metro Manila’s daily traffic jams. And the smartphone may be their best chance at finding the easiest way around those bottlenecks and gridlocks.

Posted: October 16th, 2013 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

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