If you're one of the 500,000 Filipinos who take the MRT every day, chances are you also cringed when you first heard about yesterday's accident.
Photo by Danny Pata (GMA News Online)
Thirty six people were injured after a stalled MRT train overshot the Taft Avenue station and slammed through its steel barricade yesterday, August 13. The train was being pushed to the station by a back-up train when the two got disconnected, leading to the incident.
Most of the injured passengers suffered fractured arms, shoulders, and legs, while some went home with bruises on their heads. Mind you, most of them are women, senior citizens, and children! What are you going to do about it, public officials? Because we don't want another spokesperson telling us to just explore other commuting options!
We've said it once and we'll say it again: Can you blame us for thinking twice about commuting, let alone leave our houses? Yesterday's incident was just the tip of the iceberg, but our local transportation system has been failing us for a while now. The following are a few of the many reasons why we'd rather walk than ride our PUVS from hell...
...Because horny cab drivers can now abuse their female passengers with ease by having their equally horny accomplices appear...from the trunk. What the damn hell!?
...Because railway trains have the worst emergency breaks in the world, as this very unlucky woman can attest to. The Philippine National Railways should start putting up barricades on all their tracks soon.
...Because some jeepney drivers like to take on approaching railway trains, especially when they're intoxicated. Worse, the jeepney below reportedly hit a tricycle moments before the accident took place. Manslaughter of the year!
...Because buses tend to fall off cliffs and skyways a lot more often than they used to. Remember the bus accident in Bontoc that claimed the life of Arvin "Tado" Jimenez and 13 other passengers? We haven't ridden a provincial bus since then.
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