Viral rant reflects MRT’s poor service — RILES Network

15 Mar

Reacting to an MRT passenger’s viral Facebook post complaining about the train system, a network of consumers opposing fare hikes in the MRT and LRT said today that the complaint reflects MRT’s poor service that affects all of its passengers and is a result of the MRT’s private maintenance.

The Riles Laan sa Sambayanan (RILES) Network said today that Palanca award-winning poet Angelo V. Suarez’s complaint highlighted the daily humiliation experienced by workers, students and other sectors of society in riding the MRT.

“Suarez’s complaint highlights just how the MRT has fallen short of its mandate of providing efficient, safe and affordable mass transportation. That is something all passengers of the MRT can attest to,” said Sammy Malunes, RILES Network spokesperson.

The network condemned the MRT’s poor maintenance which has resulted in massive breakdowns and delayed trains, saying the private maintenance of the MRT shows that privately-owned is not always good.

It also claimed that the profit motive behind the MRT’s maintenance has possibly meant extreme cost-cutting in the purchase of spare parts, and even the purchase of sub-standard spare parts.

“The MRT’s poor service is a clear example that privately-owned utilities and services are not always good. The profit motive behind privately-owned utilities and services means extreme cost-cutting and poor service for the public,” Malunes said.

The network’s spokesperson also said that the MRT’s poor service belies the Aquino government’s claim, in justifying projects under its Public-Private Partnership program, that private ownership means better service for the public.

“The MRT’s poor service and the country’s experience with privatization as a whole clearly shows that the privatization of utilities and services is bad for the public. What the people need are utilities and services run by a government that’s genuinely pro-people,” Malunes stated.

The RILES Network also said that Pres. Noynoy Aquino is merely protecting the profits of big capitalists investing in PPP projects when he says that privatization will bring about better services.

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