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DOTr contemplates on returning 48 unusable MRT coaches

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The Department of Transportation (DOTr) revealed on Wednesday that it is contemplating on returning the 48 overweight Metro Rail Transit (MRT) coaches to China.

According to DOTr Undersecretary for rails Cesar Chavez, the MRT coaches bought from China-based Dalian Corp were found to be incompatible with the current coaches we have.

Chavez added that he was already instructed by DOTr secretary Arthur Tugade to get a third party qualifier to study whether the coaches could still be used by the MRT.

The 48 MRT vehicles cost a total of Php 3.8 billion. It was purchased during the Aquino administration by former Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Jose Emilio Abaya.

Meanwhile, Senator Grace Poe, Chairman of the Senate public services committee, directed Tugabe to determine the people responsible for the lousy purchase of the trains. Poe also urged the DOTr to file charges against the people responsible for the MRT mayhem.

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