Concept Central | September 26, 2017

The management of Busan Universal Rail Inc. (BURI) may be out of their minds.

BURI officials recently filed graft charges against Department of Transportation Undersecretary for Railways Cesar Chavez for allegedly withholding the payment for BURI’s services.

Chavez, meantime, cited that he decided to temporary hold the payment for the Vehicle Logic Unit (VLU)–which is part of the automatic train protection for the MRT3 worth P4 million–because he was still waiting for BURI to send him the certificate of origin and factory inspection report that was supposed to be attached to the VLU billing.

He added that the maintenance service provider of the MRT3 was not procuring the proper spare parts, consumables and capital spares for the passenger trains.

BURI officials already filed the case to the Office of the Ombudsman and they argued that Chavez had perpetrated “whimsical delays” in the payment of P176 million worth of fees.

Sure, if BURI does not get paid, then the service of the MRT3 trains will surely hit rock-bottom and the brunt of the problem will once again fall to the ordinary Filipino commuters.

But what grinds my gears is that the BURI still has the audacity to file charges against DOTr official when in fact they are the ones who should be shipped out from the MRT3 services due to poor performance dating back the last administration.

Thousands of commuters suffer train breakdowns almost every day, on the average three train delays and breakdowns per day, and then there is the issue of broken elevators, escalators and rest rooms that ought to be functioning well for the convenience of the riding public.

BURI should shape up first and provide better train services to the thousands of train commuters, who deserve it since it is their taxes that pay for their supposedly full, efficient and smooth services.

What BURI is doing now is burying the public in unwanted and unnecessary stress. So, how can it expect a prompt payment if it is not delivering the services that people deserve and should be getting with their money's worth?

It may not be a coincidence that BURI is doing that. After all, its name sounds the same as "bury."