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Bayan blasts Palace’s denial of transport crisis: You know nothing, Panelo

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The militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) slammed Malacañang Tuesday (October 8) for denying there is a transport crisis in the country.

Bayan Secretary General Renato Reyes Jr. said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo was ignorant for insisting there are no serious problems in the transportation sector.

“Halatang walang alam si Secretary Panelo sa buhay commuter at mass transport crisis. Wala siyang alam sa araw araw na pagdurusa sa miserableng kundisyon ng public commute,” Reyes said in a statement.

Earlier in the day, Panelo said there was no transport crisis as claimed by Reyes because people arrive at their destinations.

May solusyon naman dun eh. If you want to arrive early in your destination, then you go there earlier,” he said.

Reyes, however, said that while it is true that people reach their destinations, the difficulties of commuting tire them out.

“Marami ay maagang umaalis ng bahay para lang umabot sa office hours o simula ng eskwela. Walang maibigay na solusyon ang Palasyo kaya itinatanggi nito na may problema,” he said.

Last week saw three of the country’s railway lines experiencing problems.

An MRT train bogged down on October 2, forcing passengers to walk on rail tracks.

The following day, some trips of the LRT-1 were cancelled due to mechanical issues.

Meanwhile, operations of the LRT-2 in Anonas, Katipunan and Santolan stations are stopped for nine months after a fire destroyed its power transformers.

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