Palace rejects request of former MRT maintenance provider to meet with Duterte

Friday, December 1st, 2017. Filed under: Asian News News Philippine News

MANILA, Nov 23 (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Thursday denied the request of the former Metro Rail Transit (MRT3) maintenance provider, Busan Universal Rail Inc. (BURI), to meet with President Rodrigo Duterte.

At a press conference, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said there was “no reason” to meet with BURI officials, as the government has already canceled their contract.

“We find no reason to have the requested meeting. We have already canceled the contract with BURI and the government decided to, meanwhile, take over the maintenance of MRT,” Roque said.

On Wednesday, lawyer Maricris Pahate, external legal counsel of BURI, said they want a chance to personally discuss with the President how they have performed and how they were “unceremoniously kicked out of the contract.”

Pahate said the President may have been misinformed by his executive officials, noting that it is not too late to improve the system of MRT if they will be given chance to air their side.

“His excellency President Duterte sana makita mo na yung mga alter ego mo, yung mga executive officials mo, mukhang hindi naman talaga nila alam yung ginagawa nila,” she said.

On November 6, DOTr terminated its contract with BURI which covers the general overhauling of 43 Light Rail Vehicles (LRV), the total replacement of the signaling system, and other additional maintenance works. (MNS)

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