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DOTC at fault for MRT-3 breakdowns

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At the Senate hearing last Monday on the problems of the Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT3), the resource persons, all from the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), made it appear that the owners of the train line, MRT Holdings, were at fault. (Resource persons from MRT Holdings were not invited to the hearing.) They even said that the DOTC would sue the owners for breach of contract for not buying more trains, in spite of the fact that the 500,000 passengers that ride the MRT every day cannot be accommodated with the present number of trains, and for its failure to maintain the trains properly.

Posted: September 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

What’s behind MRT-3’s problems

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I’m sorry to say that the problems of the MRT-3 cannot be solved by government VIPs, including Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya and Sen. Grace Poe riding the train to see how commuters suffer before and during the trips.

Posted: September 1st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The gov’t has neglected the railroad

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I read in the newspapers that the Philippine National Railways (PNR) will invest hundreds of millions of pesos to purchase buses. I also saw on television commuters packed liked sardines in PNR commuter trains, with more of them waiting at train stations where trains stop at 30-minute intervals only. Another PNR story was about a train that was derailed, luckily with no one hurt.

Posted: August 29th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Sign up for people’s bill against pork

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What pork?—a Malacañang mouthpiece asked reporters on the eve of a massive protest rally against the pork barrel. It is like a pickpocket caught with his hand in somebody else’s pocket, asking “Who, me?” Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, creator of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, said he could “categorically” declare that the pork barrel no longer existed in the proposed budget for next year. False. It is still there—and much bigger.

Posted: August 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Why is Binay afraid of Senate probe?

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Fear. That is both the ally and the enemy of Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sen. Antonio Trillanes told a Quezon City forum hosted by Rep. Jonathan de la Cruz.

Posted: August 25th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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