MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) condemns the incidents of stone throwing that damaged the trains of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) which the agency said could cause harm to the commuters.
From December 2 to 21, a total of 14 incidents of stone throwing at PNR trains were recorded.
One netizen posted on social media several images of broken glass windows which were allegedly due to stones thrown at one of the trains en route to Laguna.
Even the newly operated trains from Indonesia also suffered damage, according to several images captured by no less than PNR General Manager Junn Magno.
The DOTr said there were signs of attempts to wreck the undercarriages of the news trains.
“We are now closely coordinating with the proper law enforcement authorities to immediately investigate and hold responsible these hooligans and misfits,” the DOTr said in a statement.
The Department appeals to the public to cooperate in maintaining the trains being one of the infrastructure investments of the Filipinos and for the protection and safety of the commuters.
“As we institute measures to reinforce protection of public property, we would also like to seek the cooperation of the public to help us in reporting these dangerous misdeeds,” the agency said.
“Your support and assistance will go a long way in helping us put a stop to this nonsensical activity that only endangers lives and property,” it added.
PNR management has been doing clearing operations of informal settlers living near the rail tracks.
However, authorities find it difficult to apprehend those who are damaging the trains as they cannot provide a round-the-clock patrol in the area.
Even so, the PNR is constantly pushing for a measure that would criminalize any act sabotaging the operations of the PNR. – MNL (with details from Joan Nano)
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