Go after people causing damage to PNR trains –Año

Published March 7, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Chito Chavez

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año has vowed to enforce the full force of the law against individuals who may be found involved in damaging the trains of the Philippine National Railway (PNR).

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año (DILG / MANILA BULLETIN)
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año

With this, Año ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) and barangay officials to be on tight guard against thugs doing damage to the train coaches.

The order came on the heels of reports Año received about stone-throwing incidents that took place recently, damaging the front glass windshield of a newly acquired PNR train.

An infuriated Año did not dismiss this as an isolated case, insisting that “it’s alarming’’ as this “has become a common incident in Metro Manila.”

Año expects the police and the barangay officials to provide a concerted effort in deploying their men to ensure that lawless groups do not do damage to the new trains.

“Makikinabang ang publiko sa mabilis at maginhawang pagbibiyahe nila sa mga bagong tren ng PNR (The public stands to have a more convenient and efficient travel with the new PNR trains),’’Año said.

Año expressed sadness and frustration over those who are doing damage to government projects like the PNR trains which benefits the public.

He said it was time for these rogue persons to be arrested by the police and barangay officials.

“Leave our new PNR trains alone,’’Año said.

Año cited that the new Indonesian-made PNR trains that run from Tutuban in Manila to Los Baños, Laguna “are a welcome relief to the commuting public who have long lamented for a better transportation service and damaging the trains in any manner is counter-productive and anti-progressive.”

The DILG chief warned rogue groups that the police force and barangay officials will not hesitate to arrest those caught red-handed no matter what age or social status they may be.

“There are reports that these stone-throwers are young people who are doing it for sheer fun. May mga report naman na ito ay mga residente din ng komunidad (We also received reports that these are done by residents of the communities). We will arrest whoever will be behind this stupid act,” Año warned.

Año directed the barangay officials not to be cowed by goons or thugs as they should always be on top in ensuring that the new trains will be far from damages caused by deliberate acts of “people who have nothing better to do but to destroy well-meaning government projects”.

He also encouraged the citizens of the community to be observant and keep an eye on the trains and report to the barangays those who they have witnessed had inflicted damage on the trains.