Anakpawis slams DOTr for MRT offloading incidents


Anakpawis partylist Rep. Ariel Casilao slammed the Department of Transportation over the series of offloading incidents involving the Metro Rail Transit Line 3.

He said the three consecutive incidents of passenger offloading were a grave sign of the state of the train system, and urged the government to address it immediately.

Casilao said the technical failures are a part of the bigger problem of the MRT operation and its maintenance. Despite the DOTr’s filing of complaints against former DOTC officials to the Office of the Ombudsman, the DoTR has yet to cancel the contract of Busan Universal Railway Inc. (BURI) to give way for other providers’ that will handle MRT3’s maintenance.

“The DoTR had already issued a notice of termination to BURI but how come it still handling the maintenance of MRT3?. Mukhang ang kaya lang ni Secretary Tugade at ng gobyernong Duterte ay mga maliliit na jeepney drivers at operators, nagkukumahog mag-modernized ng jeepney pero itong sa kaso ng BURI, na madami ng sablay at malinaw na may kakulangan sa karanasan sa pangangalaga ng mga tren ay hindi nito kayang kanselahin ang kontrata,” he said.

Casilao said the DoTR should be ashamed of itself for not doing its work properly.