MRT-3 passenger arrested for grenade found inside bag
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Monday, February 25th, 2019
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – A 29-year-old man was arrested at MRT-3 Cubao Station when baggage inspectors found a ‘live hand grenade’ inside his bag on Saturday evening (February 13).
According to the train station’s security personnel, they noticed a suspicious item inside Christian Guzman’s bag when it passed through the x-ray machine.
When they checked, they found the grenade inside a cellphone box wrapped in a packaging tape.
The MRT-3 security personnel immediately reported the incident to the Quezon City Police District Station 7.
“Nakita ko po iyon sa monitor na iyong hugis po niya, (iyong) metal is blue, dark blue. Iyon po ang sinabi na granada. So kaagad kong hi-nold iyon then tinawag ko (ang) attention ng dalawang pulis natin na nandoon po naka- duty at that time,” explained MRT-3 Cubao Station security personnel Ana Mae Berlaza.
NCRPO Director Guillermo Eleazar said they are thoroughly investigating the case particularly Guzman’s claim that the grenade belongs to his brother who is a soldier.
“Initially, ang nalaman natin ay kapatid siya ng sundalo. Taga-Isabela iyong sundalo na iyon at iniwan itong granada sa kanila last December pa at dahil daw iyong tatay niya, kapag nalalasing ay ipinagmamalaki, ipinagmamayabang iyong granada. Nag-decide siya na ito ay ibiyahe papunta dito sa Manila, lalo na sa Tagaytay para ibalik doon sa kaniyang kapatid na sundalo,” Eleazar said.
Guzman is facing charges for violating R.A. 9516 or illegal possession of ammunition and explosive.
“We are checking on these allegations but just the same. We are preparing the charges against him which is possession of explosives na non-bailable,” the NCRPO Chief added.
Guzman underwent inquest proceedings at the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office on Sunday (February 24), all the while asserting his innocence saying he has no existing police records whatsoever.
“Wala naman po akong intensyon na galawin po iyong granada. Ako po, malinis ang hangarin ko. Mahirap lang din kami,” he added.
Authorities call on the public to be vigilant and immediately notify the police if they see any suspicious person and items or activities inside the train station.
Security measures are expected to beef up following the incident for the safety of the riding public, according to authorities. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – More than 4,000 pieces of brand new rails for the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) have been delivered to the Philippines, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said on Wednesday.
In a Facebook post, the DOTr said the rails, each measuring 18 meters long, have arrived on Tuesday at the Port of Manila from Japan. The delivery was made months ahead of the expected delivery date, the agency added.
From the Port of Manila, the Japan-made rails were transported to the Tracks Laydown Yard near the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX).
The DOTr said its installation onto the MRT-3 mainline is scheduled to begin in November if the rest of tracks are delivered in October as expected.
To avoid disruption in the line’s daily train service, the agency said, rail replacement works will only take place during non-operating hours.
The DOTr expects the new rails to reduce excess vibration of trains which cause damage to its electrical and mechanical component, and later leads to glitches or train breakdown.
The procurement of new rails is part of the ongoing comprehensive rehabilitation of the MRT-3 to bring back the railway’s high-grade design condition, according to the DOTr.
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Wednesday, June 26th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Operations of the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) was temporarily disrupted on Wednesday afternoon after a balloon was found lodged between its wires at the Kamuning and Quezon Avenue stations.
The MRT-3 operator said on its advisory posted on Twitter, its operations were briefly halted around 3:46 p.m. after a train driver found what appears to be a deflated balloon lodged between the contact wire and messenger wire.
To ensure the safety of passengers and personnel, the MRT-3 said the train operations from both directions were halted until the object was removed from the wires.
Normal train operations resumed by 4:21 p.m.
“In view of this, we remind the public not to throw trash within the vicinity of our stations, so as not to compromise the safety and disrupt train operations,” the train operator said.
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