by UNTV News | Posted on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018
Palace declares the suspension of government work and classes in observance of Lent.
MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Tuesday declared that work in government offices nationwide and classes in state colleges and universities will be suspended on Wednesday, March 28, starting at 12:00 o’clock noon.
This is to allow government employees enough time to prepare for the observance of Holy Thursday and Good Friday.
The announcement was made through Memorandum Circular 43, signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.
Excluded from the suspension are agencies involved in law enforcement response and other vital services.
The memorandum said suspension of work in other branches of government and private companies is left to the discretion of their respective administrators. — UNTV News & Rescue
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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