Business World - - THE NATION - Pa­tri­cia Paola C. Marcelo

Mean­while, Sen­a­tor Grace Poe-Lla­man­zares yes­ter­day called for an in­de­pen­dent au­dit of the pur­chased China-made trains, which have been un­us­able due to in­com­pat­i­bil­ity with ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties. Dur­ing the Se­nate hear­ing on the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion’s pro­posed P75.6-bil­lion bud­get for 2018, Ms. Poe pressed of­fi­cials to hire “an in­de­pen­dent au­di­tor that has no po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tions” to check whether the 48 coaches sup­plied by Chi­nese firm Dalian Lo­co­mo­tive and Rolling Stock Co. Ltd. are safe and can be uti­lized in the ca­pac­ity-bur­dened MRT-3. The in­de­pen­dent as­sess­ment, she pointed out, can be used by the govern­ment as sup­port­ing doc­u­ment should it be nec­es­sary to re­turn the trains. Mr. Chavez said out of the P3.8bil­lion con­tract cost with Dalian Lo­co­mo­tive, P800 mil­lion has so far been paid by the govern­ment. —

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