The Metro Rail Transit

The Metro Rail Transit (File picture by RAFFY LERMA / Philippine Daily Inquirer)

The authorities will neither pay for nor permit the operation of 48 new China-made coaches for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) till they’re certified safe by a 3rd social gathering.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade made that assertion on Thursday in response to charges that the Dalian trains have been faulty and could be unusable for the following three years.

He stated an investigation was being performed to find out whether or not they met security requirements.

“If they are not safe, I will not run them,” Tugade stated at a information briefing on the sidelines of the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Manila. “I may just use them for scrap metal. But certainly, I will not pay for them,”

The coaches, costing P3.eight billion, have been ordered in 2013 by the transportation division from China’s Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stock Corp. through the administration of President Benigno Aquino III.

“It’s better to have people cursing at me while they are sitting or standing up than if they were unable to do so in a hospital or the cemetery,” Tugade stated in Filipino.

“I have instructed that, before any of the Dalian trains are to be run, I am asking my management group, headed by [Assistant Secretary for Rails] Cesar Chavez to get a certification from a third-party international that those trains are safe,” he stated.

Asked whether or not his predecessor, Joseph Emilio Abaya, must be compelled to clarify himself, Tugade stated: “Everyone will be entitled to their day in court. When that moment in time will come, then so be it.”

He begged off from revealing particulars in regards to the ramifications of the case, saying: “There can be repercussions on contractual arrangements and legal pursuits.”

Tugade pressured that it was nonetheless the federal government’s coverage to honor contracts.

“But if along the way you find ‘hao shao’ (sham) arrangements that need to be rectified, handled and corrected, then they will be rectified, handled and corrected, but basically all contacts will be honored,” he stated. /atm

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