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Poe wants audit on defective trains from China: Just like wearing a wrong size shoe

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Senator Grace Poe has pressed for an “independent audit” of the China-made trains which remained unusable due to incompatibility with existing facilities.

She made the call during the Senate hearing on the proposed P75.6 billion budget of the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) for 2018.

Poe called on transport officials to hire an independent auditor that has “no political affiliations” to check whether the 48 coaches supplied by Chinese firm Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stock Co. Ltd. “are safe” and can be used in the capacity-burdened EDSA MRT-3.

“An independent auditor should come in,” said Poe. She said that in the event the government returns the light rail vehicles to China, “the Philippine government will not be faulted without legitimate reasons behind it.”

MRT-3 rails can carry a maximum of 48,000 kilograms, but the Dalian trains weigh heavier at 49,000 kgs per coach, which may put a strain on the rails.

“Parang nagpipilit kang magsuot ng sapatos na size 5 pero size 7 ang paa mo,” said Poe.

DOTr Undersecretary for Rails Cesar Chavez said other governments have returned defective trains to Dalian, citing Singapore and Malaysia.