Should PNoy accept the MRT challenge?

By Jorge Carino, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 02 2014 04:56 PM | Updated as of Sep 03 2014 12:56 AM

MANILA - Should President Aquino accept the challenge of netizens to ride the Metro Rail Transit-3 during rush hour?

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. believes the President doesn't need to take the challenge to understand the problems faced by the riding public.

"Sa aking palagay ay hindi naman niya kailangang sumakay doon para maramdaman niya o maunawaan niya. At unawain natin na ang Pangulo ay ama ng bayan; marami pong mga suliranin ang kinakaharap sa lahat-sa buong maghapon at magdamag," he said.

For his part, he said he will take on a challenge to ride the Metro Rail Transit-3 during rush hour.

Coloma, who used to serve as Transportation Undersecretary, explained that he too, like the public, used to ride the MRT and other forms of public transportation.

This is the reason why he understand the problems confronted by the riding public.

"Kung mayroong sapat na pagkakataon ay handa rin akong sumakay muli para makiisa sa nagiging karanasan ng ating mga mamamayan sa araw-araw," he said.

One challenge that Coloma will not take is the ALS ice bucket challenge.

The communications secretary said he is willing to donate money for research on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis without having to douse himself with cold water.

"Handa akong mag-donate para doon sa kawsa (cause) na kanilang pinaglalaban. Ang aking sariling pananaw ay hindi na kailangan 'yung pagpapaligo pa bilang karagdagang pagpapatunay. Handa akong mag-donate," he said during Tuesday's briefing.