MRT-3 passenger arrested for grenade found inside bag

Marje Pelayo   •   February 25, 2019   •   1988

Suspect Christian Guzman is presented to the media

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)

MRT rail replacement to start Monday night

Maris Federez   •   November 4, 2019

Sumitomo Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has readied the materials and machines that will be used in replacing the rail tracks of the MRT-3 which will start late evening on Monday (November 4).

MRT-3 director for operations Eng’r. Michael Capati said the rail replacement will be conducted from 11 in the evening to 4 in the morning until its completion in 2021.

This is so that the daily operation of the MRT will not be affected by the rail replacement.

“Mag-iistart tayo dyan sa station 10 which is Buendia. Ang gagawin dyan is mamayang gabi tatanggalin yung luma, babaklasin yung luma, at ipapalit yung bago at ikakabit ulit,” Capati said.

Once the project is completed, trains will be able to run 60-kph from the current 30-kph.

This will shorten the time interval of train trips to three minutes from the current eight minutes, which will also shorten the travel time of passengers.

The rail replacement is also seen to be compatible with the controversial Dalian trains that the Aquino administration purchased from China.

“Once na na full replacement na natin yung buong riles sa buong ruta ng MRT-3 then pwede na nating magistart ng testing ng 60kph for Dalian (trains),” Capati added.

The compatibility of the Dalian trains to the MRT rails had been an issue which is why the trains were not yet used in the metro train operation.

The rail replacement which is a part of the MRT-3 rehabilitation project is expected to be completed in July 2021. (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf

530 passengers unloaded after MRT-3 emits smoke

Robie de Guzman   •   November 4, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Hundreds of passengers were offloaded at the northbound Santolan station of the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) after one of its trains was reported to have emitted smoke on Monday afternoon.

In an advisory, the MRT-3 management said around 530 passengers were unloaded after a train driver reported a smoke emission at 4:08 p.m.

UPDATE: As of 6:06PM today, provisional service lifted. Back to normal operations.MRT-3 ADVISORY:At 4:08 PM today, a…

Posted by DOTr MRT-3 on Monday, 4 November 2019

A provisional service with seven trains running from Shaw Boulevard to Taft Avenue has been implemented around 4:30 p.m., it added.

The train management assured commuters its rehabilitation and maintenance provider, Sumitomo-Mitsubishi Heavy, will “conduct a thorough investigation” on the incident.

It added that measures will also be implemented to prevent the incident from happening again.

Minors to get free MRT-3 rides on November 6

Robie de Guzman   •   November 4, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) on Monday announced it will give free rides to passengers 18 years old and below this coming Wednesday, November 6 in celebration of the 27th National Children’s Month.

In a Twitter post, the MRT-3 management said the offer may be availed from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Students will have to present their school identification cards to get free train rides.

“Pwede itong ma-avail mula alas-7 hanggang alas-9 ng umaga, at mula alas-5 ng hapon hanggang alas-7 ng gabi. Para sa mga estudyante, ipresenta lamang ang inyong School ID sa aming station personnel na nasa service gate upang makalibre ng sakay,” it said.

This year’s National Children’s Month will be celebrated with the theme, “Karapatang Pambata: Patuloy na Pahalagahan at Gampanan Tungo sa Magandang Kinabukasan” according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

In a memorandum released last September, the DILG said the celebration aims to recognize the gains and successes of the Philippines in the promotion and protection of children’s rights.

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