The wrong DoTr guy resigns
Transportation Undersecretary for Railways Cesar Chavez submitted his irrevocable resignation to President Duterte amid a spate of train stoppages and accidents, and system glitches that have hit Metro Rail Transit (MRT) line 3.
“I hope the President understands that in the light of recent events involving the MRT3 System, simple sense of delicadeza which I adhered to throughout my professional life gives me no choice but to resign,” Chavez said in his resignation letter dated Nov. 23.
Chavez hopes his resignation ” provides the opportunity for the appointment of a person better qualified to perform the duties and responsibilities” of the Department of Transportation.
“I hope the problems plaguing the MRT3 system be resolved properly and with dispatch,” he said.
His resignation came amid the string of accidents involving the dilapidated railway system – a woman passenger lost her arm when she fell off the platform of the Ayala station and a train car detached on the northbound section between Ayala and Buendia.
The DOTr earlier terminated the three-year contract of Busan Universals Rail Inc., the maintenance provider of MRT3 for failure to ensure the safety of the commuting public.
Two lawmakers have called for the resignation of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade amid the persistent problems hounding the train system.
Tugade, however, refused to resign, saying “only the President can ask me to resign”.