MANILA — Transport officials said on Monday that the government is suing the Metro Rail Transit Corp. (MRTC) on grounds of breach of obligation.
The government is also asking for a P53-billion budget to take over the MRT 3 and improve the services it will provide to train commuters.
But, until the new coaches are scheduled in 2016, commuters will still have to endure the current “30 to 40 minutes” queue before the next boarding.
President Aquino, on earlier reports, also has expressed apologies to commuters who had to endure waiting for more than an hour for the next train.
“So, sorry for now to our countrymen because we have to deal with the 40 minutes’ waiting time,” Aquino said.
Meanwhile, during the government hearing, Sen. Francis Escudero said the government should have sued the corporation a long time ago for its failure to perform its responsibilities.
“Don’t you have any plans in your pipeline to sue MRTC? Why do you allow them to [bombard] the government with litigations left and right by way of TROs when clearly, they did not perform on their contract? They are in default. Have they not been doing all of these we are talking about here in the past 11 years?” Escudero said, as quoted in a Philippine Daily Inquirer report.