MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – If you live in, or are visiting the Philippines, you can’t really go on a road trip to visit all of the country’s more than 7,000 islands. Along the way, you’ll enncounter water and have to hop onto a ship, barge or boat to get to the next closest island.
But all that is going to change if Vice President Jejomar Binay is elected president in 2016. Forget Metro Manila’s Light Railway System (LRT, MRT). They’re peanuts compared to what Binay has in his presidential blueprint.
Before his 6-year term is over in 2022, the entire Philippines — land and water, from the northernmost tip of Aparri to the southernmost tip of Tawi-Tawi– will be connected by a high-speed railway system that would put Japan to shame.
When completed, the Pan-Philippine High-Speed Railway System will become the world’s longest, fastest and scenic mode of mass transportation.
President Aquino’s mantra is “Tuwid na Daan,” (straight path), in reference to his anti-corruption campaign. For Binay, it will be “Liku-Likong Daan” (crooked path), but via bullet trains.