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Palace admits: Metro Manila traffic to go unsolved within Duterte term

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By Prince Golez

Solving traffic woes on Edsa won’t be possible under President Rodrigo Duterte’s watch, Malacañang said.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo issued the remark after Bayan Secretary-General Renato Reyes said the administration’s Build, Build, Build program was not enough to eradicate traffic congestion, calling it merely a list of infrastructure projects.

“Hindi ba sinabi na nga natin mahirap at matagal. Di ba sinasabi nga ng mga experts 15 to 20 years. Basta ang importante may ginagawa ang pamahalaan, hindi lang nakaupo diyan at nakatunganga,” said Panelo.

The chief presidential legal counsel also provided no assurance that traffic congestion in the metro will improve before Duterte’s term ends.

“Di ba sinabi ni Presidente sa tingin niya, kung traffic ang pag-uusapan baka tapos na ang term niya hindi pa matatapos yan. Kasi nga infrastructure ang kailangan mo. Experts na nga ang nagsasabi na it will take you 15 years to solve the entire complex problem on traffic,” he explained.

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