Congressman among hundreds stranded in MRT breakdown

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 10 2017 03:36 PM

MANILA - Muntinlupa Rep. Ruffy Biazon on Tuesday joined hundreds of Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) passengers who were stranded after train services bogged down thrice during the morning rush hour.

Biazon told ABS-CBN News that he takes the MRT at least once a week to avoid heavy traffic on EDSA.

He said he was on his way to a 10 a.m. meeting at the House of Representatives when the train he was riding stopped for about 8 minutes as it approached Shaw station.

A female passenger, he said, experienced shortness of breath and almost fainted because the train's power also shut down.

The driver later announced that the train encountered a technical problem. Around 9:30 a.m., the train unloaded its passengers at Shaw station, Biazon said.

"Pagdating ng Shaw station, may mga nag-aabang na, may mga dumarating na bago, tapos iyung mga na-offload pa na passengers," the congressman said.

"Lahat naman ng sakay ko, normal, walang aberya. This is the first time na natiyempuhan akong mayroong aberya."

Biazon said 2 trains passed before he caught a ride to Quezon Avenue Station. He then took a cab but was stuck in traffic as of 10:20 a.m, making him late for his meeting.

The MRT also unloaded passengers at the Cubao station at 8:35 a.m. It also suspended trips from the North to Shaw stations due to track problem from 5:50 to 6:30 a.m.

Biazon urged the Department of Transportation to fast track maintenance improvement to prevent glitches in the train service that ferries roughly 500,000 passengers daily.

"Iyung problem ngayon ng MRT is maintenance e. Siguro ma-fast track lang talaga ng DOTr... papalitan ang maintenance contractor or whatever ang kinakailangan nila," he said.

"Iyun pa lang kasi malaki na ang matatanggal na perwisyo sa tao. Marami kasing tao ang umaasa sa MRT, pero kung hindi nama reliable, it doesn't solve the problem. Siguro focus on that, lahat ng energy ilagay para magawa iyun."