Solenn Heussaff took to Twitter on November 16, Monday, to express just how ridiculous the traffic is in the metro, especially with all the road closures during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Manila this week.
I wish that during APEC they would show what our country really is like. Instead of hiding things and making going to work impossible.— Solenn Heussaff (@solennheussaff) November 16, 2015
The world's most powerful leaders from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taipei, Thailand, the United States, and Vietnam will arrive in the country to help promote free trade and "everything affecting the economic life of man," reports GMA. The leaders will be attending the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 18 and 19, which have been declared special non-working holidays.
In line with this, the Metro Manila Development Authority closed some major roads like Roxas Boulevard, the whole stretch of Magallanes Interchange, and the Ayala Tunnel, among others:
MMDA will also be implementing the "Stop and Go" scheme this week. Which basically just means that when the Economic leaders pass through places like EDSA, Roxas Boulevard, Skyway, SLEX, and the roads around NAIA, traffic will stop.
REMINDER: Stop & Go is implemented on Nov 15-20 in several roads for the APEC Leaders' Week. Expect heavy traffic pic.twitter.com/IpZdQCFczw— Official MMDA (@MMDA) November 17, 2015
The week-long traffic scheme has been met with a lot of criticism, especially from Pinoy netizens who've expressed their annoyance on social media. This photo from Top Gear Philippines' Facebook page, which shows the division of the "APEC" and the "Private" lanes, has been shared more than 7,000 times.
Facebook user Marvin Tomandao also voiced out his concern on social media, saying, "But this is not just a case of the Philippines putting its best foot forward. This is the Philippine Government's utter disregard of its own citizenry on 'regular days,' making them second-class citizens in their own country of citizenship. And on 'special days,' like the APEC Summit, for citizens of other countries, the government suddenly can do better, serve more, do more, give more. Hoards of spanking brand new, top-of-the-line, bullet-proof BMWs included."
Despite all the negative social media feedback about the APEC week, many Pinoys still think hosting the convention is a great idea. On Top Gear's FB page, reader Bjay Aguila writes, "We may not feel any difference individually but it will help make a difference moving forward for our country. We are all suffering everyday from traffic; it just went up a notch and most likely traffic will stay the same way anyway because Christmas season right upon us. What's 3 days and two days declared as holiday pa?"
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