Almost every week, we hear about the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) bogging down leaving thousands of commuters stranded on its stations, or worse, inside the train’s carriages.
At one point, hundreds of commuters were even forced to walk on the railroad tracks going to the nearest station when the train suddenly malfunctioned.
Problems such as cracks on the tracks, power outages, computer system failure are common occurrences, or shall I say excuses by the management whenever one of its trains stops running.
Aside from these technical problems, MRT commuters have to endure long queues in almost all stations especially during rush hour.
Also, persons with disabilities (PWD), particularly those who have difficulty in walking, very seldom use the transport system since its elevators or escalators are always “under maintenance.”
Railways, especially abroad, are popular among commuters because of their speed, convenience, and reliability. However, here in Metro Manila, it’s the other way around. The only reason people take the trains is to avoid traffic.
And to add insult to injury, the Department of Transportation and Communication announced late last year an increase in MRT and LRT fares to take effect this year, citing the government’s decision to stop its subsidy on the public’s fares despite the rail system’s very poor service.
MRT riders wonder how can the government ask for a fare increase when trains are always bogging down?
And I say, “saan po kaya sila kumukuha ng kapal ng mukha?”
* * *
Zero crime in lacson-duterte tandem?
The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) is asking the government to reinstate the death penalty at once to stop the daily occurrence of murders perpetrated by “riding in tandem” groups.
VACC Chairman Dante Jimenez believes that restoring the death penalty will eventually stop criminals, particularly those in gun-for-hire business or work, from killing another human being in exchange for cash.
But some of our citizens believe there is a faster way to solve this problem of senseless killings in our country especially here in Metro Manila.
A friend and co-worker, Martin Andanar, believes that if former Sen. Panfilo Lacson and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte would lead this country, killings and abuses may become things of the past.
Lacson, a former no-nonsense national police chief, is known to have fired almost a hundred abusive cops from the service while Duterte is known for his tough stand on criminals in Davao City who eventually disappeared in the area.
These two officials would be a perfect tandem to run a country that seems to be getting used to seeing dead bodies with bullet holes or stab wounds in city streets.
Lacson and Duterte are known to be tough on criminals and abusive lawmen. If they join forces, perhaps this country will see lesser crime or even a zero crime rate.
My good friend believes that Lacson and Duterte are a better solution than the restoration of death penalty.