Bottled drinks banned in MRT and LRT lines

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 31) — Train lines in Metro Manila issued their respective safety advisories on bringing bottled drinks.

Passengers are advised not to bring bottled drinks in the train in light of the recent bombings in Jolo, Sulu. This is in adherence to a directive from the Philippine National Police.

"We advise our commuters not to bring bottled drinks, and liquids inside the MRT-3 stations as these can be used as 'liquid bombs.' Hence, we encourage our passengers to consume their bottled drinks, otherwise they will not be allowed to set foot in," the management of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) said in a statement Thursday.

The MRT-3 management added that this is meant to prevent the entry of dangerous chemicals in train stations.

The Light Rail Transit 2 (LRT-2) management asked passengers to cooperate in the implementation of the safety directives.

"Humihingi po kami ng kooperasyon. Manatili na pong hydrated bago pa man pumasok sa mga istasyon ng LRT-2," the LRT-2 management said in a statement.

[Translation: We ask for your cooperation. Please stay hydrated even before you enter the LRT-2 station.]

The recent twin blasts in Jolo, Sulu using homemade bombs have killed at least 22 people, and injured hundreds of others.