Duterte says traffic jams come with infrastructure rebuild


Posted at Nov 11 2016 10:26 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during a news conference before he departs for a visit to Thailand and Malaysia at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Paranaque, Erik de Castro, Reuters

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday appealed to the public for understanding as his ongoing overhaul of the country's infrastructure is expected to cause traffic jams.

Duterte's economic team is planning to raise infrastructure spending to seven percent of gross domestic product to build new roads, bridges and airports and save the economy from an estimated P2.4 billion in daily losses due to traffic gridlocks.

"I have to remind you that there will be a lot of projects on the streets. There will also be commotion and sometimes derailment of the traffic situation," the President said in a televised news conference from Davao City.
"Wala namang libre dito (Nothing comes for free). There’s always a drawback."

The President promised there would be "some developments" by next year.