MANILA – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Friday warned the public against individuals who solicit funds for the development of infrastructure projects, notably the Subic-Clark railway project.
In an advisory, the DOTr said a certain John Petalcorin, who identified himself as representing a company called Infratechnik, claimed that their company handles several China-funded projects.
“In a report, it was alleged that Mr. Petalcorin solicits funds from contractors to finance the construction of the said project,” the DOTr said.
It emphasized that the department “does not authorize individuals/groups to solicit in any form from the public for any purpose, and strongly condemns such acts,” noting that DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade was consistent and uncompromising in the fight against any form of graft and corruption.
“The Department is closely coordinating with the proper authorities to address this report, and if warranted, to hold Mr. Petalcorin, and other individuals involved, liable to the full extent of the law,” the DOTr said.
The public is asked to be “cautious and vigilant” and to report any suspicious individuals in any activities who use the name of any DOTr officials, its projects, or those who pretend to act on behalf of the DOTr and its attached agencies.
Report or complaints may be sent to the DOTr Office of the Secretary or the DOTr Public Assistance and Action Center through the DOTr Facebook Page. (PNA)