Former Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya has belied claims of administration officers that the 48 gentle rail automobiles (LRVs) procured for the Metro Rail Transit Line Three (MRT-Three) throughout his time period can’t be used for the subsequent three years.

During the Senate transportation panel’s listening to on the MRT-Three Monday (May 15), Abaya assured the LRVs acquired from China-based Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stock Co. are absolutely suitable with the prevailing signalling system of the MRT.

“Gina-guarantee ko sa inyo na walang nakinabang dito, walang kalokohan ho ito. Above board ito. Malinaw ang kunsensya namin, kaya kong sagutin ang ating Panginoon na ginawa namin ng maayos ito. Government will not accept or pay for any LRV that is not fully compatible,” he mentioned.

“Nevertheless we understand that the signalling is compatible and mere adjustments are ongoing,” Abaya added.

The former Transportation Secretary mentioned there’s no purpose to say the LRVs have been incompatible as Dalian was required to make sure they might be suitable with the MRT’s signalling system.

Abaya blamed the delay in using the LRVs on technical points.

“We understand, it is currently fixing software interface issues and eventually the trains will be compatible as presented earlier, hopefully, by June of this year or next month,” he mentioned.