Palace on PNoy's statement to be run over by a train

President Benigno Aquino III's (PNoy) statement in 2013 that he, along with Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) secretary Emilio Joseph "Jun" Abaya, are willing to be run over by a train if the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) Cavite Extension Project won't materialize this 2015 has been widely shared online as the year comes to an end.

In defense, Communications Secretary Herminio "Sonny" Coloma said that the president's statement back in 2013 should not be taken literally.

"The President was speaking with a sense of urgency when he announced his desire to see the project 'within two years'. Any reasonable person would understand this to have been an aspirational statement. Despite the delays, the government continues to pursue the project," Coloma said.

To quote, Aquino said during a campaign sortie for his senatorial slate in April 2013, "Pagdating naman ng 2015, hindi lang natin mapapabilis ang biyahe mula Baclaran hanggang Bacoor kundi madadagdagan din tayo ng tinatayong 250,000 na pasahero ang maisasakay kada araw dahil sa LRT Line 1 extension. At pag hindi ho nangyari ito, nandiyan po si Secretary Abaya na mangangasiwa ng proyektong to, dalawa na kaming magpapasagasa siguro sa tren."

However, the project got delayed due to the bidding process under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Program. It was only in September 2014 that the P64.9 billion project was awarded to the Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC). Then, it took another year for the private concessionaire to took over the train line.

Watch the latest statement of Coloma regarding this viral news:

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