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Presidential spokesperson draws flak on social media for MRT ride

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, 24 November 2017 12:16 AM

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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Expect ‘cooler’ trains as AC units undergo repair — LRTA

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, 8 March 2019 04:50 PM

MANILA, Philippines — Passengers taking Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 2 are expected to ‘sweat no more’ as the trains’ air conditioning units (ACU) undergo repair.

The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) on its website said the company’s “Engineering and Maintenance Team has started re-engineering the control board module of the trains ACU to temporarily address the problem”.

The LRTA clarified, however, that the repairs are only temporary as old ACU will soon be replaced by new ones.

“Expect a cooler and more comfortable journey this second week of June as we exhaust all efforts to fix our trains. We expect to finish the re-engineering works within the next six weeks,” LRTA said. – Marje Pelayo

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Authorities ban bottled drinks on MRT, LRT trains

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, 31 January 2019 02:31 PM

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

MANILA, Philippines – Commuters are advised not to bring bottled drinks inside stations of Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) as part of authorities’ intensified security measures following a series of attacks in Mindanao.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has placed the entire Metro Manila under heightened alert status following the Jolo church bombing on Sunday (January 28).

The measure, the PNP said, aims to prevent the entry of dangerous chemicals in train stations contained in plastic bottles that can be used to harm and jeopardize the safety of the riding public. – UNTV News and Rescue

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Free MRT, LRT rides on Independence day

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, 11 June 2018 03:40 PM


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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