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Presidential spokesperson draws flak on social media for MRT ride

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, November 24th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – The social media was flooded with negative comments against Presidential Spokesperson Attorney Harry Roque.

This, after Roque’s MRT ride Thursday morning was featured live on the official Facebook page of the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson.

Many people said Roque’s action was an early show of campaign for the elections while some call Roque a ‘trapo’ or traditional politician, as they question his real intentions.

Like an ordinary passenger, Roque also tried to fall in line from MRT North Avenue Station and take his ride to Taft station in Pasay City, and then transferred to LRT.

During his train ride, he talked to the passengers and asked about their daily experiences taking the mass transport.

Roque’s train ride was supposedly like the other ordinary commuters but it appeared on social media that he was given a special treatment, with security guards were blocking some passengers to give way.

But Roque strongly denies such allegations, and insists that his ride experience was not scripted and no special treatment.

“Hindi po totoo yan, hindi alam ng DOTr kung nasaan ako at pinagalitan ko yung staff ko nung sinabi na nakipagkutchaba sila. Sabi ko, ‘That defeats the purpose kung kukuchaba tayo at magagalit yung mga mananakay,’ ” Roque said.

Based on his assessment, it is necessary to return the original number of operational trains to 20 to shorten the line of passengers and minimize inconveniences.

Meanwhile, Malacañang has rejected the request of Busan Universal Rails Incorporated (BURI) to have a dialogue with President Rodrigo Duterte.

“We have already cancelled the contract with BURI and the government decided to meanwhile take over the maintenance of MRT,” Roque said.

On Wednesday, Buri has made an appeal to President Duterte to give them a chance to explain their side and to let him know of the real status and the problems surrounding the operation of MRT 3. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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Free MRT, LRT rides on Independence day

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, June 11th, 2018


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Commuters may avail of free train rides tomorrow, June 12, coinciding with the commemoration of Independence Day.

Free rides are available in two schedules at all stations of LRT Lines 1 and 2, and MRT3.

Services are free from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – UNTV News & Rescue

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LRT rehab will not affect commuters — LRMC

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, April 13th, 2018

Some LRT coaches for rehabilitation

MANILA, Philippines — Twenty-four light rail vehicles (LRVs) of Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT1) will undergo rehabilitation before August.

This project will be the first overhaul of the propulsion system of generation 2 trains since its procurement in 1999.

The propulsion system is responsible for the train’s operation.

According to the operator of LRT-1, Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC), commuters can expect better service after the mass rail system rehabilitation.

“Reliability is even higher. And they’re not only replacing ‘yung propulsion. Lahat ng system nito, air-conditioning, lahat, pati brake systems, talagang maayos,” said LRMC COO Engr. Rudy Chansuyco.

(Reliability is even higher. And they’re not only replacing the propulsion. All systems including air-conditioning, brake systems — everything.)

The management said passenger surge can reach up to 500,000 a day.

The rail operator ensured that passengers will not be affected by the two-year rehabilitation program.

“Well, rest assured walang dapat ipangamba yung mga passengers natin kasi ‘yung time table natin naka set na. Lahat naman ng kailangan ng time table, required number of trains, tumatakbo lahat ‘yan. Actually, may reserve pa tayo,” said the officer.

(Well, rest assured the passengers have nothing to worry because our time table has already been set.  All the requirements of the time table, required number of trains, they’re all functioning. Actually, we even have reserves.)

The management allotted over P500,000-billion for the repair.

Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) signed last month the procurement of 120 new LRVs for delivery in 2020. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte, not bullying Sereno – Malacañang

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, March 9th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Pres. Rodrigo Duterte and Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said President Duterte is not bullying Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

The official also said that it is Sereno herself who alienated her colleagues in the highest court and they wanted her out of the position.

“Hindi na po siya kinakailangang i-bully ng presidente. She has done a magnificent job of alienating her colleagues at mga colleagues niya mismo ang nagsasabi na hindi siya karapat-dapat diyan. Hindi po ang presidente,” said Roque.

(She needs no bullying from the president. She has done a magnificent job of alienating her colleagues and her colleagues themselves say she does not deserve her position — not the president.)

President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned recently that he had no hand in the filing of complaints against Sereno.

He also let Congress do its work on the impeachment proceedings against the chief justice.

Meanwhile, Roque revealed that even those who are in the lower courts are appealing for the resignation of the chief magistrate.

“Siya ang hepeng mahistrado and yet ni isang mahistrado walang kumampi sa kaniya at ang pagkakaalam ko pati yung mga judges ng lower courts, mananawagan na siya’y bumaba sa pwesto,” said the presidential spokesperson.

(She is the chief justice and yet not even one justice sided with her. And I know even the judges in the lower courts are appealing for her resignation.)

Congress has started drafting the articles of impeachment after establishing probable cause on the impeachment complaint filed before the House justice committee against Sereno. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue


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