Ernie Reyes | InterAksyon.com | March 6, 2017

Senator Nancy Binay on Wednesday sought an investigation into the reported defects of new coaches of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 system.

Binay filed Senate Resolution 304, citing news reports a number of the coaches purchased from China's Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stock for P3.8 billion in 2013 are defective and 12 of these have cracks.

A total of 48 coaches were ordered. Delivery began in January last year, three months after the original October 2015 schedule.

"An inquiry to this matter is necessary in order to improve the MRT's provision of safe and efficient public transport to thousands of Filipinos every day," Binay said.

If the reported defects are true, she said, "bagong pahirap na naman ito sa ating mga commuters dahil maaantala lalo ang introduction to service ng mga tren (it will be an added burden for our commuters because it will delay the introduction to service of the trains)," she noted.

She also lamented the frequent breakdowns that continue to make commuting on the MRT a hassle, citing one incident on Tuesday that had passengers lining up from a station down to the street.

Binay also pointed to incidents in October and December last year when the transit system had to suspend operations due to technical problems.

The senator said that aside from the inconvenience to the riding public, the irregular operations of the MRT also carry economic cost from lost productivity.