Hellish ride: A PNR ride on a rainy rush hour evening


Posted at Jul 22 2016 12:22 PM | Updated as of Jul 22 2016 02:00 PM

MANILA - It was not a good trip for most passengers of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) who were forced to squeeze themselves inside a train amid a heavy downpour on Thursday night.

The incident was caught on video by Francis Charles Brines, who vowed that he is never riding the PNR again.

According to Brines, he and a friend were testing different routes going home since buses plying EDSA are always full during rush hours.

"Lagi kasi tayuan ang mga bus sa EDSA. And we wanted to try PNR," he told ABS-CBN News.

But it was a decision they would soon regret.

Upon arriving at the station by 6:45 p.m., he was initially surprised that the fare is just P10. But the low fare was not worth it, with trains jampacked.

"Napakamura ng pamasahe, P10, kaya parang buong Pilipinas ang nasa Buendia Station," he said.

To make matters worse, rain fell as people tried to squeeze themselves in.

"Hindi na niya masaway ang mga tao kasi nagmamadali na lahat. Ang ginawa na lang ng staff, hilahin 'yung mga bababa dahil sa hindi na nila kaya makisiksik palabas," he said.

"Hindi mo na kailangan pang sumiksik o mag-exert ng effort pumasok kasi 'yung crowd itutulak ka papasok," he added.

He described the incident as the "pinakamalalang siksikan sa buong buhay ko." He said the ride took an hour from Buendia to Bicutan.

"Ambagal ng tren as in usad-pagong dahil nga basa daw ung riles," Brines added.

This comes a day after another PNR ride scene went viral online, where a man was shown lying on the train's overhead compartment.

The PNR currently serves around 70,000 passengers a day.

Metro Manila commuters have often complained of hellish commutes, with congested roads and inconvenient public transport systems.

In fact, three in 10 Filipinos said their commute is the worst part of their day, according to an online survey in late 2015.

The same survey, which aimed to study Filipinos’ perceptions about the state of their commute, also revealed that 42 percent of respondents said their commute was worse than a year ago.