MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The world survey on the top ten cities for rush-hour traffic is out, and Manila is not on the list!
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.”
Glad we asked.