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HOR almost cites in contempt MRT-3 GM Garcia for walking out of the Congressional hearing

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Metro Rail Transit (MRT) General Manager Rodolfo Garcia dared House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez amid the hearing of the House Committee on Transportation on  January 31, regarding MRT 3 glitches.

“I will resign if I am not sure, If you want I could resign now,” Garcia said.

Garcia raised his voice after House Speaker Alvarez questioned his ability to fix the operation of MRT.

According to Garcia, he has been focusing on the testing of 48 Dalian trains.

He said four of these can already be used for the operation.

However, Alvarez questioned Garcia’s statement.

The lawmaker argued that the Dalian trains are not compatible with the rails of MRT and are dangerous to use.

“We are looking at the Dalian trains if these can be used,” Garcia said.

“It is not possible. It is not compatible with this signaling system. Did you not know it?” Alvarez said.

Amid the heated exchange, Garcia attempted to walk-out, however, several lawmakers stopped him.

Some congressmen defended the House speaker and recommended to cite Garcia in contempt for his behavior.

“Speaker, the one who is talking, is the head of the third batch of the government. Don’t do it to us. We cannot allow you to just leave. We might even detain you here,” House Majority Leader Rep. Rodolfo Farinas said.

Garcia calmed down after talking with Fariñas.

Shortly afterwards, the MRT General Manager apologized to Alvarez.

Because of this, the lawmakers withdraw its plan to cite him in contempt.

“I was just pressured as GM, I am really contemplating going out,” said Garcia.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has once again assured to the public that it is doing all it can to fix the MRT-3.

DOTr Undersecretary for Rails Timothy John Batan said the spare parts the government ordered will arrive in February, which then will pave way for the start of the repair of some MRT trains.

He said the government continues to hold talks with the Japanese government regarding the planned take-over of the Sumitomo to the maintenance and rehabilitation of MRT.

“When the spare parts begin to arrive, we will bring up one by one the trains we could not fix before due to lack of spare parts,” said Batan.— Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue


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Door failure disrupts MRT-3 ops

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, April 19th, 2018


MANILA, Philippines — Over 1,000 passengers of Metro Rail Transit Line-3 (MRT-3) were offloaded at Ortigas Avenue Station, southbound lane at 1:17 pm on Thursday.

According to the MRT management, the train experienced door failure thereby forcing them to offload the passengers.

They explained that a possible cause of disruption in train operations is the surge of passengers who forcibly open train doors.

The passengers were transferred to the next train after six minutes. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Alvarez to speed up impeachment raps vs. Sereno upon resumption of session

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

(Left-Righ) House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

MANILA, Philippines — House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has vowed to follow the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to speed up deliberation on the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

The House speaker said they will immediately discuss the matter upon the resumption of Congress session on May 14.

To date, lawmakers await the articles of impeachment to be sent to the plenary.

Once majority of lawmakers vote in favor of the impeachment, it will be sent to the Senate to begin the trial. — UNTV News & Rescue


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Ouster plot vs. Alvarez, Fariñas won’t succeed — lawmaker

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

FILE PHOTO: House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Majority Floor leader Rudy Fariñas

MANILA, Philippines — According to a news article, lawmakers from Northern Luzon were planning to oust House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Majority Floor leader Rudy Fariñas.

Based on the report they no longer agree with the leadership of Alvarez and Fariñas in the Lower House and that they will air their sentiments to President Duterte.

Alvarez and Fariñas have yet to comment on the issue.

But Cagayan de Oro Rep. Maximo Rodriguez Jr. said the lawmakers behind this plot are envious of the House leaders and just want to take over the leadership position.

“That is always a talk whenever there is a SONA, because supposed to be there is an election of the speaker and the majority and people are interested in that,” said Rodriguez.

The lawmaker from Mindanao believes that the plot to oust Alvarez and Fariñas will not succeed because congressmen from Mindanao are all in support of the speaker and majority leader.

“We are 60 congressmen and we are very strong for him including the majority floor leader we are solid for him,” said the lawmaker. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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