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Malacañang mulls filing new raps vs ex-DOTC execs over MRT-3 anomalies 

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, 6 March 2018 09:42 PM

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FILE PHOTO: An MRT train in depot

MANILA, Philippines — Aside from his previous order to file plunder complaints against nine former officials of the past administration on the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line-3 maintenance deal, President Rodrigo Duterte has also directed Solicitor General Jose Calida to look further into the matter for possible charges that can be filed against other personalities who were responsible for the current mess the said mass transit is in.

Plunder charges have been filed before the Office of the Ombudsman against former Transporation Secretary Jun Abaya and former Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.

“I know there was already a case filed for BURI [Busan Universal Rail Inc.] but there could be other cases filed as well. There could be other new ones because apparently, the problem lies not just with BURI but the problem lies with the current owners of MRT-3,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

With this development, the government is looking for a long-term solution to the said MRT-3 woes.

Based on what was discussed at Monday’s 23rd Cabinet meeting of President Duterte, this long-term solution comes in the form of arranging for a new owner of the MRT-3.

This is aside from the ones in charge of the maintenance and operation.

“The ownership of MRT-3 is a private corporation. So they are thinking of changing the owners because we’ve had many problems with the current owners,” said Roque.

Currently, the private company Metro Rail Transit Corporation owns MRT-3.

Another long-term solution that the government is looking into is the procurement of all necessary spare parts, and entering into a new contract with the MRT-3’s original maintenance contractor, Japan’s Sumimoto Corporation. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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Electrical failure delays MRT-3 operation anew

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, 20 February 2019 07:26 PM

Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3)

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Metro Rail Transit (MRT) heading south from Quezon Avenue station was once again stalled at around noon on Wednesday (February 20).

The MRT-3 management said there was an electrical failure in the train’s motor which caused it to stop at around 12:48 in the afternoon.

More than four hundred passengers were unloaded in the said station, and were able to take the next ride after 15 minutes.

The MRT Management once again issued an apology to the riding public for the said glitch. — Maris Federez

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PNP honors cop in viral taho-throwing incident

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, 11 February 2019 04:54 PM

PO1 William Cristobal receiving the ‘Medalya ng Papuri’ 

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar Albayalde awarded PO1 William Cristobal with the ‘Medalya ng Papuri’  during the flag raising ceremony at Camp Crame on Monday (February 11).

PO1 Cristobal is the police officer who was splashed with a cup of taho (soy pudding) by Chinese national, Jiale Zhang, after he prohibited the latter from entering MRT Boni Station with the drink.

Cristobal called the attention of Zhang because of the station’s recent policy against bringing in drinks or any liquid following the bombings in Jolo, Sulu and the possible use of liquid bombs.

Albayalde said Cristobal demonstrated exemplary behavior during the incident.

Cristobal admitted feeling belittled after having a drink thrown at him.

The PNP chief called on foreign nationals visiting the country to respect the laws and regulations of the Philippines the same way that Filipinos observe the laws of other countries they visit.

The PNP chief added that the ban on liquids at MRT stations is no different from the ban of the same at airports, which is a part of the security measures against terrorism.

PO1 Cristobal has filed charges against Jiale Zhang including unjust vexation and disobedience of person in authority and direct assault.  — Lea Ylagan

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Authorities ban bottled drinks on MRT, LRT trains

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, 31 January 2019 02:31 PM

The third set of MRT-3 trains that were purchased from Chinese firm CCRC Dalian

MANILA, Philippines – Commuters are advised not to bring bottled drinks inside stations of Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) as part of authorities’ intensified security measures following a series of attacks in Mindanao.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has placed the entire Metro Manila under heightened alert status following the Jolo church bombing on Sunday (January 28).

The measure, the PNP said, aims to prevent the entry of dangerous chemicals in train stations contained in plastic bottles that can be used to harm and jeopardize the safety of the riding public. – UNTV News and Rescue

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