TRANSPORTATION Undersecretary for Rails Cesar Chavez resigned yesterday.
Chavez announced his irrevocable resignation during a press conference, taking responsibility for the recent incidents at the MRT-3. This includes last week’s accident involving a woman whose arm was severed when she fell from the platform at the Ayala Station and the decoupling of a coach from the rest of the train between Ayala and Buendia Stations which stranded hundreds of passengers.
In his resignation letter to President Rodrigo Duterte dated November 23, Chavez said that he was quitting his post to give an "opportunity for the appointment of person better qualified to perform the duties and responsibilities of the subject office."
Chavez said that it was out of a "simple sense of delicadeza" that he decided to resign, and that he was responsible for the recent mishaps in the MRT3.”
“Mr. President, you are correct, there should be no excuses. Sa totoo niyan, makailang ulit na akong humingi ng paumanhin sa publiko sa aming interviews. Sa tingin ko may magagawa pa. Mas marami pang magagawa. Nais kong bigyan ng pagkakataon ang ating Pangulo, ang ating Secretary na magkaroon ng pagkakataon na tingnan ulit ang management ng MRT3," Chavez said in a press conference.
"I am tendering my irrevocable resignation and I want to give the chance to the President to appoint a new one. Salamat po sa tiwala sa isang taon at isang buwan," he added.
Chavez, who earlier vowed that the government will solve the issues of the MRT Line 3 "within three to six months," said that his resignation was effective immediately.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade was surprised by the irrevocable resignation of Chavez.
In a statement Tugade said: "For the record, and contrary to the insinuations of others, I did not cause or ask Usec. Cesar Chavez to resign. He has my full trust and confidence. We have been doing plans and strategies together, up and until yesterday. Even by texts as I was on sickbay. That is why I am surprised by the very sudden turn of events."
Amid the resignation of Chavez development the Public Commuters and Motorists Alliance (PCMA) urged the leadership of DOTr to immediately end the inconvenience suffered by MRT 3 riders.
“Sobra na ang kalbaryong dinaranas ng mga commuters araw-araw sa MRT, tiklop luhod pa kaming nakikiusap kay Sec. Arthur Tugade ng DOTr at kay President Rodrigo Duterte wakasan na ang problema ng MRT,” said PCMA national president Jessie Santos.