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DOTC fires MRT-3 manager Vitangcol

(Updated 9:17 p.m.) The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) on Monday relieved Metro Rail Transit Line 3 general manager Al Vitangcol III for his alleged involvement in anomalous transactions in connection with the MRT-3 expansion project.

In a phone interview with reporters, lawyer and DOTC spokesperson Michael Sagcal said Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya issued an order Monday naming Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) administrator Honorito Chaneco as the officer-in-charge of MRT-3.

"The DOTC is investigating new allegations involving GM Vitangcol and the MRT-3 maintenance contract," Sagcal also said.

In an article published on The Philippine Star on Monday, columnist Jarius Bondoc alleged that Vitangcol awarded the P517-million contract for the maintenance of the MRT-3 expansion project to PH Trams, without public bidding. Bondoc said one of the incorporators of PH Trams is the uncle of Vitangcol's wife.

Several sources at the DOTC said Vitangcol was placed on "floating" status and was relieved of all his duties.

However, in a text message, Monday evening, Vitangcol claimed that he resigned from his post.

"Yes, I filed my resignation. I will provide the media with a copy of the letter tomorrow," Vitangcol said.

On Monday evening, supposed copies of that resignation letter were shared on Twitter and Facebook.

A supposed copy of Vitangcol's resignation that has been spreading on social media

— Elizabeth Marcelo/BM/JDS, GMA News