Valte: I'm ready to take MRT challenge

Posted at 08/30/14 3:02 PM

MANILA - Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said she is ready to take the so-called Metro Rail Transit (MRT) challenge.

Many commuters and netizens challenged politicians and leaders to ride the MRT, which has been hounded by technical glitches in recent weeks.

According to Valte, she will ride the MRT either during the day or the evening.

Valte, however, pointed out that even if she and other officials do not take up the challenge, they are aware of the problems hounding the railway system.

She said they also understand the plight of the Filipino commuters.

On Thursday, Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya accepted the challenge of riding the MRT. However, he was criticized by netizens for riding at an off-peak hour. On Friday, Senator Grace Poe also rode the train.

Meanwhile, the Palace spokesperson said she will donate to the neurology ward of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), where amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients are confined, in response to ABS-CBN anchor Ted Failon's ice bucket challenge.

Failon, after having himself poured with ice water on the head, nominated Valte, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, and Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma to also take up the challenge.

The ice bucket challenge has participants recording themselves getting doused with cold water or donating to the ALS Association in the United States or other foundations.

A lot of public figures have opted to still make donations despite taking up the challenge.

But Valte is still unsure if she wants to be doused with cold water after making a donation.

Lacierda and Coloma, meanwhile, have yet to answer Failon's challenge. -- Report from Johnson Manabat, dzMM