Facepalm! Two men nabbed for holding 'photo shoot' on MRT rail tracks

Published May 11, 2021, 12:39 PM

by Alexandria Dennise San Juan

The Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) management has warned train commuters not to go down to the stations’ rail tracks, especially if it’s just for fun.

GOTCHA–Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at MRT-3 Quezon Avenue Station caught on Sunday, May 9 a man having his photograph taken on the rail tracks, which is off-limits. The two were arrested and charged for alarm and scandal. (Photo from DOTr MRT-3 Facebook Page)

This, after MRT-3 personnel caught Jerald Oliva, a 22-year-old construction worker, in the act of going down the tracks to pose for a photograph from his companion, 28-year-old Rey Llasos, who stayed on the platform.

The incident, which took place at Quezon Avenue Station on Sunday night, May 9, was captured by closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras.

In a statement on Tuesday, May 11, the MRT-3 said on-duty security guards saw what the two men did and immediately nabbed them.

Oliva and Llasos were subsequently brought to Kamuning Police Station and were charged with alarm and scandal, or violation of Article 155 of the Revised Penal Code.

Lalaking bumaba sa riles ng MRT-3 at isa pang kasama nitong nag-‘selfie’, nahaharap sa kasong alarms and…

Posted by DOTr MRT-3 on Monday, May 10, 2021

MRT-3 OIC-General Manager Eymard D. Eje also went to the police station to lecture the two men on the railway’s rules and regulations.

“Mahigpit na ipinagbabawal ang pagbaba sa riles ng MRT-3 sa mga hindi awtorisadong indibidwal sapagkat delikado ito at maaaring ikapahamak hindi lang ng susuway sa patakaran ngunit gayundin ng iba pang pasahero ng linya (Unauthorized individuals are strictly prohibited from going down the MRT-3 tracks as it is dangerous and could harm not only the violator but also other train passengers),” Eje said.

“Sana ay magsilbing leksiyon ito sa iba pang pasahero na huwag gawing biro ang mga patakarang ipinatutupad ng MRT-3 (I hope this will serve as a lesson to other passengers not to make a joke out of the policies being implemented by MRT),” he added.

The transportation official also urged the public to report such incidents to train marshals or duty security guards so that prompt action may be taken.