DOTC hits MRTC for court case vs MRT-3 expansion

Posted at 02/05/14 3:37 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) criticized the court case filed by Metro Rail Transit Corp., which is led by Manuel Pangilinan's Metro Pacific Investments Corp., against the expansion project of the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3).

"We will fight for the interest of the hundreds of thousands of MRT-3 riders who have been waiting for more LRVs (light rail vehicles) for too long. At the time when government is finally ready to deliver these projects, the public good is now being held hostage by a private company,” said DOTC spokesperson Michael Arthur Sagcal in a statement.

A Makati court had issued a 20-day temporary restraining order on the government's bid to buy new trains for the MRT-3. The court order named MRTC, which owns the MRT-3 facilities, and Metro Rail Transit Holdings II, Inc. (MRTH-II), as the petitioners for the Temporary Order of Protection.

The same DOTC statement quoted an unnamed member of the MRTC board of directors as saying the company had no part in the case.

"The Board of MRTC never issued a resolution authorizing the filing of a case against DOTC to restrain the procurement of LRVs," the DOTC quoted the MRTC board member as saying.

Last January 16, the government awarded the MRT-3 capacity expansion project to China's Dalian Locomotive which bid P3.8 billion. Dalian is supposed to build and deliver 48 new LRVs for MRT-3 over the next three years.

The DOTC said the project will improve the MRT-3's services -- with 4-car trains arriving every 2.5 minutes, from the current 3-car trains arriving every 3 minutes.