Nestor Corrales |  | November 23, 2017

There is no reason for President Rodrigo Duterte to meet with Busan Universal Rail Inc. (BURI), the former maintenance provider of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3), Malacañang said Thursday.

"We find no reason to have the requested meeting. We have already canceled the contract with BURI and the government decided to, meanwhile, take over the maintenance of MRT," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a Palace briefing.

The government on November terminated its contract with BURI, which covers the general overhauling of 43 Light Rail Vehicles (LRV), among others, amid the series of technical glitches that hit the MRT-3.

But lawyer Maricris Pahate, external legal counsel of BURI, said they wanted to meet with Duterte to explain how they were "unceremoniously kicked out of the contract".