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Ex-LRTA chief Robles posts bail for graft

/ 03:15 AM March 04, 2017

Former Light Rail Transit Authority administrator Melquiades Robles posted on Friday a P30,000 bail on his graft case for allegedly allowing a contractor to shortchange the train system of janitorial services in 2009.

This came after the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division found probable cause to order Robles’s arrest earlier this week.

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“The court finds that sufficient grounds exist for the finding of probable cause for the purpose of issuing warrant of arrest in this case,” read the resolution by the court’s Fifth Division.

The court had also issued a hold departure order against Robles, 10 LRTA procurement officials, and two private individuals facing one count of violating Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act over the alleged irregularity in the implementation of the janitorial services contract.

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Under the maintenance contract with the joint venture of COMM Builders and Technology Philippines Corp., PMP Inc., and Gradski Saobracaj GRAS, LRTA procured the services of 321 janitors at a cost of P3.37 million a month.

But the LRTA officials and the joint venture allegedly conspired to reduce the number of deployed janitors to 219, effectively modifying the terms of the contract.

The discrepancy allegedly resulted in injury to the government, to the tune of P1.07 million monthly or P12.86 million for the year 2009 alone, according to the charge sheet.

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