This comes as a big shock not only to Filipinos who deal with nightmarish traffic everyday but also to past and present government officials in charge of the country’s transportation and communications.
Money.CNN.com lists Bangkok as the city with the world’s rush-hour traffic, followed by Istanbul and Mexico City. Rounding up the top ten are Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Bucharest, Chongqing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Zhuhai.
The Adobo Chronicles reached out to CNN Money to ask why Manila did not make the top ten list.
A spokesperson for CNN said not to worry, because the list only includes cities with the worst “rush-hour” traffic. He said, the criterion disqualified Manila because in this Philippine city, there is traffic not only during rush hour, but every hour every day.
“That would be for the next survey,” he said, “and I am very confident Manila will make it to the top ten, if not the No. 1 city.”
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – It’s official — according to the Philippines’ Department of Tourism (DOT), the next Miss Universe Beauty Pageant will be held on January 30, 2017 at the Mall of Asia in Manila, Philippines.
Earlier, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte said that he does not want to spend money to host the international contest, but was assured that funds to stage the pageant will come from the private sector.
DOT said confirmed that Japanese billionaire and chief of Tiger Resort, Kazuo Okada, as well as the country’s richest man, Henry Sy, will be among the private sector sponsors of the pageant.
Speaking from Las Vegas, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump also announced that if loses in the U.S. elections this November, he will buy back the Miss Universe Organization so that he could recoup the money spent in his presidential campaign.
Trump said that he supports the Philippines as the host and venue for the 2017 pageant and he hopes to make a personal appearance in Manila in January should he lose the election to Hillary Clinton.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The first full meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) under President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s administration this week brought together four past Philippine presidents (who are all council members) Joseph Estrada, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Fidel Ramos and NoyNoy Aquino. And boy, wasn’t there some major drama.
It was Aquino’s first personal encounter with Arroyo after the Pampanga lawmaker walked free from hospital arrest after the Supreme Court cleared her of plunder charges.
Before the meeting started, the 4 former presidents had a photo with President Rodrigo Duterte.
A video of the Malacañang encounter released by PTV4 showed Aquino striding into the room where Arroyo, Duterte, and Ramos were already waiting, standing in a line facing the entrance.
Aquino, still wearing his signature yellow ribbon, first shook hands with Duterte and Ramos and then took his place beside Ramos without extending the same courtesy to Arroyo, who stood beside the incumbent president.
Estrada was next to walk into the room. The Manila Mayor shook hands with all 4 of them before walking to Arroyo’s side to begin the photo session.
When asked by The Adobo Chronicles about the snub, Aquino blamed Arroyo, saying that she had her hands clasped together which he saw as a sign that the lady president was the one who didn’t want to shake his hand.
It seems that the blame game which has been the mark of Aquino’s six years in office continues to this day. Moving on is sometimes hard to do.