MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – It’s called the Putin Lane, an exclusive and dedicated stretch of Metro Manila’s main thoroughfare called EDSA.
When world leaders converge in Manila next week for the Asia Pacific Cooperation Agreement (APEC) Summit, this lane from EDSA in Mandaluyong City to Roxas Boulevard in Manila will be off limits to all motorists except, of course, Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Putin will be staying at the Shangrila Hotel along EDSA and will be commuting by limousine to the meeting site at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila.
Upon learning of the lane naming, other world leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto lodged a diplomatic protest with the Philippine government, accusing the Aquino administration of favoring the Russian leader. “We also want our own lanes,” they said.
Meanwhile, the Metro Manila Development Authority and Philippine National Police conducted a ‘dry run’ of the Putin Lane yesterday and, as expected, it created a monstrous traffic jam along EDSA and other streets.