Kathrina Charmaine Alvarez | GMA News | May 24, 2017
One of the incorporators of the previous Metro Rail Transit (MRT) maintenance providers failed to show up in the resumption of the Senate investigation on the MRT system on Tuesday.
Senator Grace Poe said the Office of the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms (OSAA) failed to serve a subpoena to Marlo dela Cruz, chairman of the PH Trams, last week.
Poe, chair of the Senate public services committee, said Dela Cruz does not reside in the address indicated in PH Trams’ General Information Sheet submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
The residence was instead previously registered under the name of Wilfredo dela Cruz, Marlo's brother https://buypresentation.com/.
"My initial sense on this is on Marlo dela Cruz's apparent propensity to trifle with official government rules, be it on the submission of accurate information on the GIS as required by law or on compliance and respect with the provisions of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act," Poe said.
Poe's office also received a letter from Dela Cruz's legal counsel, invoking the sub acheterdufrance.com judice rule. A graft case has been filed against Dela Cruz before the Sandiganbayan over the PH Trams contract.
Poe, however, argued that the sub judice rule cannot be invoked in inquiries in aid of legislation.
Dela Cruz's counsel also said that his client has the "right against self-incrimination."
Poe, in response, pointed to Senate rules, which state "no person can refuse to testify or be placed under oath of affirmation or answer questions before an incriminatory question is asked."
"Mr. dela Cruz can validly invoke such right only when a question propounded to him tends to elicit an anwer that will incriminate him. And even when invoked, the committee still has to determine whether such right is properly invoked," Poe said.
Poe then told the OSAA to proceed to the office of Dela Cruz's counsel and secure his client's correct address.
Poe earlier questioned the involvement of Dela Cruz in previous maintenance contracts such as PH Trams, and later on, with Global APT.
The senator had questioned the apparent lack of experience and track record of Dela Cruz’s companies in railway maintenance.