3 to 4 'sabotage' incidents hit PNR trains weekly - manager

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Posted at Dec 12 2019 12:08 PM

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Who is sabotaging the operations of the Philippine National Railways? 

According to PNR General Manager Junn Magno, around 3 to 4 incidents of "sabotage" hit the PNR every week. The incidents range from the hurling of rocks and use of slingshots to the deliberate placement of springs in the rail tracks which get tangled in the brake lines of the trains.

"Marami pong nanabotahe," he told radio DZMM.

He said he already asked police to trace those behind the incidents, which prompted the PNR to limit the trips of its 2 new trains to the Malabon and FTI route. 

The new trains from Indonesia, which were unveiled by officials on Wednesday, can accommodate some 14,000 passengers every day, he said. 

The PNR has a total of 10 trains which are expected to double by the second half of next year with the arrival of repaired units and new coaches, raising the railway's daily passenger capacity to 160,000 from the current 60,000 to 70,000, he said. 

DZMM, Dec. 12, 2019