“We maintain that the concession agreement is grossly disadvantageous to the public. It will be disastrous for commuters.” – Renato Reyes, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan
The public-private deal concerning LRT will give the Ayala-MVP Group the benefit of the government’s official development assistance (ODA) in financing more than half of the total project cost of about P65-billion. The government committed to shoulder the right of way acquisition, purchase of coaches, civil works, among other expenses.
Under the Aquino government, the running MRT trains went down from almost 73 to just about 43. MRT3 workers said that even if some of the remaining trains have problems in its machine or manifesting technical troubles (like in its doors or controls or motor), it is still being used or inserted among others that are still functioning. Worse, workers have to make do with discarded parts because of the lack of spare parts, which was supposed to be provided by maintenance contractors.
“The train accidents are a textbook illustration of what happens when profit rules over what is supposedly for social service.” – Sammy Malunes, RILES Network
By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – Here is another day in the hard, maddening life of a commuter. Yesterday, I left our office at about 4:30 in the afternoon. Usually, I’ll be home by around 6:30 to 7 p.m. if I take the MRT (counting slow traffic). I live in southern Metromanila but…
By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Despite the Aquino government’s claims to the contrary, there are a lot of things that are terribly wrong now. And the government doesn’t seem to have a comprehensive, integrated plan to address these. What we hear are excuses, justifications, and calls for the people to be patient; what we see…
SPECIAL REPORT: “We reject the suggestions that these problems (in MRT) would be magically solved by a fare hike. A fare hike would be like rewarding the grossly incompetent, taxpayer money-addicted private management of the MRT.” – James Relativo, spokesman of Train Riders Network
“MRT3 passengers have suffered long enough.” – Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares
It was just hard not to hear them — their voices were becoming more and more distinct.
Just like Manila Water and Maynilad, the government and its Metro Rail Transit Corporation is making the public pay its corporate income taxes.