MRT, NAIA officials told: Follow Sokor PM's lead


Posted at May 01 2014 02:37 PM | Updated as of May 01 2014 10:37 PM

MANILA - A lawmaker is urging the officials of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to follow South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong Won’s lead and resign.

"MRT and NAIA officials should have the same delicadeza as South Korea's prime minister who quit his job due to mismanagement of rescue operations," said Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian, who is also vice chair for the House committee on Metro Manila Development.

"If they cannot deliver more than or at least, what is expected of them, then they must step aside and allow competent persons to handle these quagmires in transportation," he said.

Chung resigned over the South Korean government’s handling of the ferry disaster last month, which left more than 300 people dead.

Gatchalian noted the appalling situation of the MRT and the NAIA, which has triggered anger and frustration among the riding public.

"The passengers' well-being is also affected because of the anxiety experienced every time they use the MRT and NAIA facilities,” he said.

"Substandard transportation services cause people to be late for their work or appointments, and this means lost productivity."

President Benigno Aquino III himself apologized for the delays in the rehabilitation of both MRT stations and airport terminals, saying the government is already doing its best.

Gatchalian filed House Resolutions 909 and 1013, which called on the House to probe into the management and operations of NAIA and MRT, respectively.