Canada's Trudeau rides e-jeepney in Makati


Posted at Nov 13 2017 02:31 PM | Updated as of Nov 13 2017 06:15 PM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a presentation of an electric mass transport vehicle in Makati, metro Manila, Philippines on the sidelines of the 31st Asean Summit November 13, 2017. Dondi Tawatao, Reuters

MANILA- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday took a ride in an electronic jeepney in Makati City.

Trudeau was accompanied by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Thomas Orbos during the inspection of the e-jeepney in front of the Manila Peninsula Hotel.

Speaking to reporters after the inspection, Tugade said the Canadian leader was happy with Manila's efforts to improve public transportation.

"Nakikita niya daw yung hangad natin na baguhin yung kabuhayan ng Pilipino. Nasabi niya na mahirap talaga ang transportasyon pero kailangan ng a lot of patience, a lot of understanding, and a lot of creativity," Tugade said.

The Canadian leader also received a black shirt with the words "Go Electric Trudeau."

Trudeau arrived in Manila on Sunday for the 31 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. He immediately made headlines after he was spotted ordering take-out food at a Jollibee branch in Tondo.