Politiko VisMin | November 7, 2017

Better late than never.

This was how PBA partylist Rep. Jericho Nograles described the decision of the Department of Transportation under Secretary Arthur Tugade to terminate the Metro Rail Transit 3 maintenance contract of Busan Universal Rail Inc., and the immediate takeover of the maintenance by the government.

But Nograles stressed that terminating the contract should be not be enough in the government's effort to finally improve the services of the MRT3 because those behind the P3.8 billion maintenance service deal should be pursued for criminal negligence and plunder.

"I'm really happy that Secretary Tugade has the political will to do the right thing for the sake of our hundreds of thousands of MRT3 commuters. This action of the DOTr has been a long time coming but it's still better late than never. For this, I thank Secretary Tugade for finally taking action," said Nograles, who led exposés against BURI and its anomalous contract with the MRT3.

"However, I think that after the termination, the DOTr should start running after those who were behind the anomalous contract. This is one big step in President Duterte's fight against corruption," he added.

Nograles also urged the DOTr to conduct a deeper investigation on the circumstances behind the mysterious replacement of the original Vehicle Logic Unit of the MRT 3 cars which is being blamed for the constant glitches on its system.