After receiving flak and being called "epal" for riding the MRT-3 with a team of photographers, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque clarified that he didn't do it for public attention.
"I always ride it even without the media," said Roque in a report by Interaksyon.
Roque is among the names floated by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to be included in the administration's lineup for next year's senatorial elections.
He also explained that he chose not to ride the train during rush hour because it will cause more inconvenience to passengers.
"Sa tingin ko po ay talo diyan, 'pag sumakay tayo ng rush hour, sasabihin masyado tayong nanggugulo. Hindi na nga po tayo rush hour sumakay, marami pa ring nagsabi na nagulo sila," said Roque.
Roque said he wants to see first-hand the problems facing the train system.
The deteriorating condition of the MRT-3 has been causing several mishaps in recent years. Earlier this month, a train coach disconnected from the rest of the train midstation.
The government has already taken over the maintenance of the MRT.
In a Facebook live video, Roque shares his thoughts on his experience riding the MRT.