A traffic-clogged street in Manila. Photo: EPA

Manila’s traffic mess is about to get even worse as Christmas nears

  • Gridlock is a regular feature of life in a city whose infrastructure has not kept pace with incomes
  • The Philippine capital is set to top Waze’s 2019 ranking of the world’s worst cities to drive in, beating out the likes of Bogota and Jakarta
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A traffic-clogged street in Manila. Photo: EPA
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A worker fearlessly walks along steel reinforcement bars at a construction site in Manila. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

China promised Duterte US$9 billion. He’s had only US$924 million in loans and grants. Why?

  • Beijing in 2016 pledged to fund an array of major construction jobs for the Philippine president’s signature Build, Build, Build programme
  • But three years on, many projects remain on the drawing board, leaving Duterte with little to show for his much-touted policy pivot to China
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