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MRT-3 passenger arrested for grenade found inside bag

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, February 25th, 2019

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)

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First set of Dalian trains ready to hit MRT-3 tracks this week

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, March 28th, 2019

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

MANILA, Philippines – The first set of Dalian Trains is expected to be deployed to the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) any day this week, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said on Thursday.

DOTr-MRT-3 Director for Operations Michael Capati said in an interview that the additional train set will be included in the regular fleet to help address the problem on passenger congestion and number of daily operational train coaches.

Capati said the three Dalian train sets have already completed this month the necessary commissioning and validation tests including the 150-hour Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS) validation run.

These tests are required to determine the trains’ operability and compatibility with the tracks.

READ: DOTr to deploy another MRT-3 train this March

DOTr MRT-3 meets with CRRC Dalian Co. to discuss maintenance strategies in line with the anticipated addition of the first Dalian train set to MRT-3’s regular fleet. Photo from DOTr official Facebook page

In line with the anticipated addition of the first Dalian train set to MRT’s regular train sets, the DOTr MRT-3 met with representatives from the CRRC Dalian Co., on Thursday.

This is to discuss the maintenance strategies for the Dalian trains once they permanently hit the tracks.

The said trains were purchased from China’s Dalian Locomotive in 2015 but its deployment was delayed due to issues with the signaling system and concerns over its weight. – Robie de Guzman

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MRT-3 operations back to normal after ‘smoke’ incident

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, March 18th, 2019

MRT passengers forced to get off the train and walk along the trails after one of the coaches emitted smoke | Image grabbed from video shared by @sntl007

The management of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) line 3 said it has launched an investigation into the cause of the smoke in one of its coaches that offloaded hundreds of its passengers on Monday evening.

Passengers were forced to alight the train between Cubao and Santolan interstation after one of its coaches began emitting smoke.

The Department of Transportation-MRT-3 management said in a statement that normal operations resumed around 30 minutes after the incident.

“At around 6:02 p.m., a train unloaded passengers at Cubao and Santolan interstation due to reported emission of smoke from underneath thee train. Passengers were assisted by the train driver and security personnel,” the statement read.

The train regained traction at 6:35 p.m. and was moved to the pocket track in Shaw Station, the DOTr-MRT-3 added.

“DOTr MRT-3 is investigating the cause of the incident, and sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience caused to our passengers,” the agency said. – Robie de Guzman

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MRT-3 offers free rides to women

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, March 8th, 2019

MRT Taft Avenue Station

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Women who are taking the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) on Friday morning (March 8) need not pay for their train fare.

This is the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) way of celebrating International Women’s Day.

Free rides begin at 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and will resume at 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Aside from MRT-3, Pasig River Ferry Service is also offering free rides to female passengers on Friday.

READ: Women to get free ferry rides, Intramuros museum access on March 8

Museums like Casa Manila Museum, Baluarte de San Diego, and Fort Santiago in Intramuros are also offering free entrance to women in celebration of International Women’s Day.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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