- Presidential spokesperson denied riding train rides as a PR stunt for senatorial campaign
- He said he regularly rode them anyway, said it was to done to gauge the problems
- He also said they are in the process of increasing number of coaches
MANILA, Philippines – Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque denied his recent rides at the MRT3 and LRT1 was a publicity stunt for his senatorial bid, saying he was a regular passenger and that he did it in order for the Palace to get a deeper understanding of the problems hounding the metro’s rail transport systems.
“It’s not a PR stunt dahil ako naman talaga ay sumasakay ng MRT,” GMA News quoted him as saying. “Importante malaman ng Palasyo kung ano yung estado ng MRT at ‘yan ang dahilan kung bakit nandito tayo ngayon.”
[It’s not a PR stunt because I really do ride the MRT. The important thing is the Palace can know the state of the MRT and that’s the reason why we’re here.]
“Bagamit hindi ito rush hour, alam natin na mas komportable ito, na-i-imagine natin ano ang hirap ng mga mananakay natin na kapag peak hours, mas mahaba ang pila. Problema, kulang bagon kaya napakahaba ng pila,” he added. “Kung ginawa naman natin during rush hour, mumurahin ako ng mananakay sa dami natin.”
[While this is not rush hour, and we know that this is more comfortable, we can imagine the hardships of the passengers during peak hours, when the lines are longer. The problem is, the lines are so long because of the shortage of coaches. If we did this during rush hour, the passengers will heckle me because of our large number.]
While saying his riding experience was okay, Roque acknowledged that there was a shortage of coaches which the government is trying to address in order to alleviate the riding public’s woes.
“Sa ating experience, okay naman po. Meron lang talagang kakulangan sa mga bagon at maibsan ‘yung mga problema na perwisyo sa mga mananakay,” he said.
[In our experience, it was okay. There really is just a shortage of coaches so that we could alleviate the problems burdening our passengers.]
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