• Govt apathy blamed for MRT 3 woes


    THE government should stop pointing fingers and take responsibility for the woeful state of the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT 3).

    This was the message sent by Kabataan partylist Rep. Terry Ridon on Wednesday to officials of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), citing the problems constantly plaguing the accident-prone coaches of MRT 3.

    “The simple truth is this: The MRT 3 has been breaking down because of government neglect,” Ridon said.

    He blamed what he called as the Aquino administration’s “culture of finger-pointing” for the inability of the government to address numerous issues hounding the MRT 3 and which prompted proposals to stop operations on weekends.

    Temporary shutdowns on weekends have been approved by the DOTC, MRT 3 General Manager Ramon Buenafe confirmed.

    The proposal calls for early shutdown of MRT operations on Saturdays, with operations to resume by noontime on Sundays.

    “The whole MRT 3 system is old and dilapidated, from the trains to the rails, due to government neglect. It should have been subjected to comprehensive rehabilitation a long time ago,” Ridon said.

    He told The Manila Times that the administration had five years to address the problems affecting the MRT 3, and the suffering of the 500,000 riders every day can only be attributed to the failure of the government to react accordingly.


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