A refurbished Philippine National Railways (PNR) train was damaged after an unidentified person threw a rock at its windshield on Jan. 1, the Department of Transport (DOTr) said in a statement yesterday, marking the latest in a spate of similar incidents.
The train’s windshield was replaced yesterday to avoid significant service disruptions, with the DOTr saying that prior to the New Year’s Day incident, there had been 14 instances of a similar nature from Dec. 2 to Dec. 21. It is unclear who is responsible for damaging the trains.
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In light of what happened, the DOTr said that it is calling “for heightened vigilance from the public, particularly our train-riding commuter[s], to help us in pinpointing the areas where these misdeeds happen, and to immediately report them.”
“We at the DOTr and PNR are seriously monitoring, and have closely coordinated with law enforcement authorities and [local government units] to apprehend those who will be caught in the act, and also undertake necessary measures to put a complete stop to these destructive and dangerous activities,” the DOTr added.
“With the help and assistance from the general public, rest assured that the DOTr and PNR will exhaust all means necessary to protect our valuable equipment, and ensure the safety of our commuter[s].”