• Aquino’s spokesman rides MRT

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    One of President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s spokespersons on Monday accepted the challenge of daily commuters to ride the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT 3), which faced a series of technical issues the past few weeks.

    Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said she took the MRT 3 yesterday morning from the North Avenue Station in Quezon City to the Taft Avenue Station in Pasay City.

    Valte said she lined up at 8:24 a.m. and was able to board the train more than 40 minutes later.

    She was only able to get a seat after the train unloaded passengers at the Ayala Station. She got off at the Taft Station at 9:41 a.m.

    The Palace official then rode the Light Rail Transit 1 from its Taft Station to Central Station in Manila.

    Valte said she understands the concerns of commuters who ride the MRT every day.

    “We continue to ask for your understanding as we continue to push for improvements,” she said.

    Netizens have long been calling for government officials to ride the MRT to experience the everyday woes of commuters.

    Early this month, a train overshot its track and injured more than 30 passengers.

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