Published: Friday 17 November, 2017

Who is Sabotaging the MRT? Latest ‘Accident’ May Have Been Deliberate

Something smells fishy in the MRT and suspicions of sabotage have been raised. The decoupling of an MRT train Thursday morning looked deliberate because it could not have happened without human intervention. What’s more, the train’s ‘black box’ is missing!

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Was the MRT train that decoupled this morning sabotaged? (CNN PH image)

 

Who could be sabotaging the MRT? Was the alleged sabotage meant for only one train – the one that decoupled Thursday morning? Or was this part of a larger conspiracy to cripple the whole MRT operation?

As many as 140 passengers were affected when a train decoupled between Ayala Avenue and Gil Puyat stations this morning. All were asked to disembark. No one was reported injured but MRT operations were halted for around 30 minutes.

At a news briefing, train driver Reynaldo Anño recounted what happened at around 9:00 AM Thursday.

“Pasulong po ‘yun,pataas,” Año said. “Dahil pataas po yon, tinraction ko. Tinawag ko sa control, sinabi ko sa control na may communication error, sabi mag-initialize sa Buendia.”

But upon reaching Buendia station, he saw that one of the coaches in the rear of the train had been left several meters behind.

Officials and engineers were left baffled with the incident because the uncoupling could not have happened without human intervention. It could not have happened on its own. This means, SOMEONE DID IT!

“Imposibleng magkahiwalay ang coupler kung walang human intervention,” said Safety Chief Technician Ruel Jose.

They also discovered that the train’s ‘black box’ is missing. The black box referred to recorded all applied interventions so it is highly suspicious why it is missing. Is someone trying to hide something?

“Who has the motive? Who has the opportunity? Who has the capability of removing the Black Box?” asked Transportation Undersecretary Cesar Chavez. “Is the motive to simply cover up the mistake of the train operation of Index No. 5 or part of an effort to sabotage the entire operation? These are some questions that the team is looking into.”

Meanwhile, MRT Director for Operations Mike Capati announced that starting November 17, MRT operations will be shortened by one hour to allow more time for maintenance checks. Trains will start running from 5:30 AM to 10:30 PM instead of 5:00 AM to 11:00 PM.