Disrupting MRT operations and fellow passengers will now have legal consequences. Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arturo Tugade has instructed the MRT-3 management to identify the passenger who caused an unloading incident on Friday morning, April 13.
The passenger reportedly leaned or on forcibly opened the door of a southbound train. The incident resulted in the unloading of around 1,000 passengers at the Santolan-Annapolis station. Passengers, however, were loaded in the next train that arrived four minutes later.
This was the first unloading incident at the MRT-3 since April 2, and Tugade expressed his disappointment at the passenger who caused the inconvenience.
“For the last 11 days, there was no unloading, it was smooth. Today, we have the first unloading. Do you know the cause? There was someone who put pressure on the door. Pinilit na pumasok habang sarado na. It’s not about parts, it’s about this passenger. My instruction, identify this person,” he said in his speech at the Philippine Economic Forum in Pampanga.
He also directed the management of MRT-3 to file charges against and collect damages from passengers who will disrupt the train operations.
The MRT-3 has been running smoothly and consistently with 15-17 trains operating daily. This improvement is attributed to the spare parts that arrived and the general maintenance that was done during the Holy Week.