As per reports, Manila, capital of Philippines, is under major transport crisis amidst train breakdowns and worsening traffic. With commuters outraging, Salvador Panelo, Spokesperson of the President Rodrigo Duterte, has dismissed the concerns in one of the most congested cities of the world.
As traffic situation worsens in Manila, the spokesperson Salvador Panelo for Rodrigo Duterte has said that if commuters want to arrive early they must leave early. This has led to many Filipinos slamming Mr. Panelo for 'being out of touch with reality'. Commuters are reportedly revealing their hardships with one saying that it takes students three hours to reach class and that situation aggravated by three major train breakdowns recently. Mr Panelo has since promised to take public transportation to the presidential palace on Friday.
Filipino President has not been left out of their criticism either. Duterte Government recently purchased an ex-US military plane for USD $39.9m for use as his private jet. The government reportedly said that the jet shall be delivered by next year and will be used by other senior officials and in crisis situations which did not convince some citizens.
SO YOU'RE TELLING ME— Iya Elago (@iyaelago) October 7, 2019
THAT THE BUDGET FOR HEALTH AND EDUCATION WAS CUT
Meanwhile, citizens are reacting by slamming the government for alleged inaction.
Traffic is so bad in Manila, you can't even tele-commute.— Jay L Batongbacal (@JayBatongbacal) October 9, 2019
Carmaggedon is coming. All signs point to it.— Marvic Leonen (@marvicleonen) October 7, 2019
Espana, Manila packed with cars for kilometers. Traffic lights no longer helpful. Almost a standstill.#MondayMornimg
Reports suggest Manila, which in the greater metropolitan area has a population of more than 12 million and is amongst the most populous cities in the world. The city suffers from car congestion and in the year 2015 was named worst city to drive in. Panelo seemed less sensitive when he said as per reports that he does not see any transportation crisis except the traffic.