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‘Wag naman isisi lahat kay Tugade: Sotto, Honasan say MRT problems can’t be blamed on one administration

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It’s not entirely Department of Transportation (DoTr) Sec. Arthur Tugade’s fault if the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3) operations have further deteriorated under his watch.

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III and Sen. Gregorio Honasan came to the defense of Tugade amid criticisms on his failure in fulfilling President Duterte’s campaign promise of solving the traffic problems.

“In fairness to him, marami syang minana (na problema) doon sa mga hindi matinong nangyari sa nakaraan (na administration),” Sotto said.

Honasan said the traffic mess could not be resolved by pinning the blame on personalities.

“Whether it’s Tugade or whoever, it’s a problem of cumulative errors in policy decisions. Hindi ito kasalanan ng isang administration,” he said.

Honasan said Tugade was not one who would attempt to evade responsibility and pass the buck to his predecessors.

“Bihira akong makarinig na sinisisi ‘yung nakaraan. Kaya kung problemado sa DoTr ngayon, and it’s highlighted in the media, that’s procedural. Huwag nating gawing political issue ‘yan. Mahirap paghaluin ‘yung economic issue, mass transport issue at saka yung partisan politics. Dyan tayo nagkakaproblema eh,” he added.

The MRT3 suffered another breakdown with the trains detaching while traversing inter-station, between Buendia and Ayala stations in Makati City during the morning rush hour on Thursday.

Sotto and Honasan has opposed Sen. Grace Poe’s proposal suspend the operations of the MRT3 until needed repair are carried out and public safety is assured.

The two said hundreds of thousands of riding public cannot afford to be inconvenienced by putting to halt its operations.