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PRES. DUTERTE APOLOGIZES FOR MRT-3 INCONVENIENCE



Without offering any excuses, President Rodrigo Duterte has apologized to the public for the inconvenience caused by the detaching of a Metro Rail Transit coach from the train last week.

This is despite the incident being believed to be caused by a sabotage.

On Thursday morning, train coaches decoupled from a northbound train in Makati that inconvenienced morning rush MRT riders.

However, in a statement issued by the Department of Transportation, that upon the initial investigation of the unfortunate incident, it was found that the Messma Card of the decoupled Light Rail Vehicle #68 which is the 3rd car in train number 5, is missing.

The Messma Card functions like a black box that records all applied interventions. Aside from this, Safety Chief Technician Ruel Jose confirmed that there was no electrical fault, as there was no damage to the mechanical parts of the coupler.

Meantime, after series of mishaps encountered by the Metro Rail Transit, the Department of Transportation has once again vowed to exert all efforts to render the best service to ensure the safety of about 500-thousand MRT riders everyday.

Quezon City Rep. Winston Castelo has already advised the DOTr to check if there are still MRT personnel loyal to the previous administration saying that there could be more than just a sabotage of MRT operations.

Aside from this, Castelo also filed a House resolution calling for a probe following repeated breakdowns of MRT coaches and the accident that transpired on November 14 when passenger Angeline Fernando lost her right arm at the Makati Ayala Station.