Businessman denies Czech envoy's MRT extortion claim

Posted at 04/14/14 12:50 PM

MANILA - A business partner of Wilson de Vera has appeared before the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to submit an affidavit on the extortion allegations of Czech Republic Ambassador Josef Rychtar over a supply contract for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3.

Businessman Boyet Bacar denied the allegations of Rychtar, saying he has evidence to prove it.

Bacar was subpoenaed to shed light on his knowledge of the supposed extort try.

Rychtar earlier alleged MRT General Manager Al Vitangcol III tried to extort $30 million from Czech train car maker Inekon Group.

De Vera allegedly acted as the go-between of Vitangcol to Inekon.

In an affidavit submitted to a House of Representatives committee probing into the matter, Rychtar said he and Inekon Chief Executive Josef Husek met with the MRT group in July 2012 for dinner.

Rychtar said: “I think all of us considered him [de Vera] to be an envoy of Mr. Vitangcol since he behaved like that at an official dinner. He went straight to the point of suggesting the payment from Inekon to secure the deal for them. I think everybody was surprised with this suggestion of Mr. W. de Vera, which was $30 million.”

Bacar said he has nothing to do with the scandal.

Vitangcol has also denied the allegation of extortion. – from a report by Zyann Ambrosio, ABS-CBN News