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Vitangcol to sue Czech envoy

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Metro Rail Transit general manager Al Vitangcol III. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Embattled Metro Rail Transit general manager Al Vitangcol III said on Wednesday that he would file criminal charges against Czech Ambassador to the Philippines Josef Rychtar “most probably” within the week for implicating him in a $30-million extortion try on the executives of the Czech company Inekon.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Metro | Read More »

Bus passengers foil bombing in Sultan Kudarat

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Alert passengers of a provincial bus foiled what might have been a bloody act of terrorism here when they found an improvised bomb and quickly notified the authorities, police said.

Posted: April 19th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Vitangcol: When I’m cleared, I’ll resign

Metro Rail Transit general manager Al Vitangcol III. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Apparently, work in government is too much for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) General Manager Al Vitangcol, who was accused of extorting money from a Czech company over an MRT project.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Palace: We can’t blame increase in population on Vitangcol

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Instead of telling Al Vitangcol to shape up or ship out, Malacañang on Thursday defended the Metro Rail Transit general manager against his critics. Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma rejected demands that President Aquino sack Vitangcol for worsening conditions at the MRT.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Extort try case in MRT deal hits a snag

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The National Bureau of Investigation is still studying what proper charges to file against those implicated in the Metro Rail Transit controversy (MRT) when no money actually changed hands, according to a source in the bureau privy to the investigation.

Posted: April 8th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Metro | Read More »

Besieged MRT boss grilled on delays, lectured on ‘news’

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OVERLOADED FOR A DECADE  Built to move 320,000 passengers daily, the MRT started exceeding its capacity in 2004, five years after its launch, according to general manager Al Vitangcol (inset).

Al Vitangcol, the controversial general manager of Metro Rail Transit, has a beef with the media. In a Senate hearing Monday, Vitangcol said it always puzzled him to see the press having a field day reporting the long queues at MRT stations and then turning silent whenever the long lines disappear.

Posted: April 8th, 2014 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Czech Ambassador Rychtar: I’m not afraid of Vitangcol

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Czech Ambassador to the Philippines Josef Rychtar INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Czech Ambassador to the Philippines Josef Rychtar on Monday said he was ready to face Metro Rail Transit (MRT) general manager Al Vitangcol III in any forum—whether in Congress or in court.

Posted: April 8th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Palace ‘curious’ why Czech envoy talks to media over MRT extortion try

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For the President’s spokesperson, it was certainly “curious” that the Czech envoy to the Philippines talks to the media instead of discussing the alleged extortion attempt in a Metro Rail Transit (MRT) project with the authorities.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Palace won’t declare Czech envoy ‘unwelcome’ over extortion allegations

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Malacañang on Monday said it would not go to the extent of declaring the Czech ambassador to the Philippines an “unwelcome person” over his allegations of an extortion attempt in a Metro Rail Transit (MRT) project.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Escudero urges Czech ambassador to file raps vs extortionists

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Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/EDWIN BACASMAS

Senator Francis Escudero on Monday urged Czech ambassador to the Philippines Josef Rychtar “to file the necessary complaints” against those allegedly involved in the $30-million extortion attempt by some officials of the Department of Transportation and Communications and Metro Rail Transit officials.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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 »

Palace wants probe of $30M extort try on Czech firm in MRT deal expedited

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Malacañang wants to expedite the criminal investigation of allegations that Metro Rail Transit (MRT) general manager Al Vitangcol attempted to extort $30 million from a Czech company seeking to supply new train coaches.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

No stopping bribe probe

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Malacañang will not block a House investigation of charges that an administration ally tried to extort $30 million from a Czech train builder, a Palace official said on Saturday.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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