LRTA chief resigns

MANILA -- The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) on Monday confirmed that the administrator of the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) has tendered his resignation.

Transportation Secretary Manuel Roxas II said Rafael Rodriguez resigned his post as LRTA administrator citing his future plans in politics as reason.

Roxas said Rodriguez wanted to prepare for his political plans in the province of Cavite where he is the chairman of the ruling Liberal Party.

"He decided to resign to map out his political future in Cavite," he said adding that the resignation would be effective March 31.

Roxas added that Rodriguez came to his office last week and informed him of his plan to leave the LRTA. Malacañang was already informed of LRTA official's decision, he said.

For his part, LRTA spokesman Hernando Cabrera said Rodriguez would focus not only on his political plans in Cavite but also on his other advocacies.

"He wants to concentrate on his social advocacies in the province of Cavite, such as the establishment of micro enterprises," Cabrera said when sought for comment.

The LRTA manages Metro Manila's first mass transit system, the Light Rail Transit (LRT).

Prior to his appointment as LRTA head by President Benigno Aquino III last year, Rodriguez was elected as provincial board member in the first district of Cavite. He was also the founding Chairman of the Cavite Cooperative Development Council.

He was the eighth administrator of the LRTA, having replaced Melquiades Robles.

Earlier this month, Rodriguez was involved in a controversy over his appointment of several "consultants" to newly created posts at LRTA.

Ruby Gonzales, LRTA resident ombudsman, said Rodriguez had already been asked to explain the reported employment of 36 consultants. (AH/Sunnex)


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