NBI to look into ‘sabotage’ issue in recent decoupling of MRT train coaches

NBI to look into ‘sabotage’ issue in recent decoupling of MRT train coaches

MANILA, Philippines — Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre saw basis in the allegation of sabotage in the recent mishap in the operation of MRT which involved decoupling of coaches.

Aguirre explained it would be impossible for the trains to detach on its own without human intervention.

He argued the trains could not detach easily even though glitches occur.

“The specific order is to continue looking into the angle of sabotage because it seems to have a basis. So if there really is no human intervention, it’s really very impossible to happen. But of course, it can happen. But definitely, the NBI seems to find the basis on the sabotage in the said incident,” said Aguirre.

Just this week the MRT-3 formally wrote a letter to the NBI asking for the agency to investigate the incident.

In the letter, MRT management said it is not discounting the possibility of systems failure in the said mishap. However, it said that it is also looking into the angle of human error or negligence.

Meanwhile, Malacañang assured the public that the government is doing all it can to address the problems in the operations of MRT.

Presidential spokesman Secretary Harry Roque said that the government will focus on the problem on transportation like what it did on the country’s concerns on illegal drugs and corruption.

“But we accept the challenge. We are moving forward and we promise a better MRT to our riding public,” said Roque.

The palace official, however, stood firm that the call of some critics for transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade to resign is unreasonable.

“I think the time for Secretary Tugade be removed from his position has not come. He enjoys the full trust and confidence of the President,” said the presidential spokesperson.

Furthermore, the director of operations of MRT-3 management, Engineer Mike Capati, said that the Dahlian trains could not still be used amid the glitches in the operations of the old MRT trains.

“The Dahlian trains is another area of concern because these are not yet cleared. We have no clearance yet to use it. The last time we are still seeking a third-party audit to check whether they can suggest as far as putting in Dalian on the revenue lines,” said the director. — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue

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