Motorists urged: Give way to SEA Games convoy
The Philippine National Police on Tuesday urged motorists to give way to the convoy of athletes who would compete in the Southeast Asian games, after some teams complained of transportation woes.
Thailand's football team reportedly canceled its first day of training after its arrival was delayed by traffic in Manila.
Authorities shunned a lockdown of EDSA and other roads for SEA Games athletes and their police escorts, noted PNP Spokesperson Bernard Banac.
"Kapag sila ay gumagalaw na, lalo na sa mga maliliit lamang na daanan, may tendency talaga na maipit," he told radio DZMM.
(When they move, especially along narrow roads, there is a tendency that will be stuck.)
"'Pag napansin natin na nariyan na ang convoy, pagbigyan na lang natin. Anyway, pansamantala lang naman iyan," Banac added, addressing the public.
(If you notice that the convoys are already there, let's just give way. Anyway, that's just temporary.)
Aside from transportation troubles, organizers of the 30th SEA Games have also been criticized due to unfinished venues and inadequate food served to the athletes.
The football teams of Myanmar, Cambodia, and Timor-Leste also complained about their long wait at the airport, with the latter also saying they were initially brought to the wrong hotel.
Some1,500 foreign athletes and delegates are already in the country as of Monday night for the SEA Games that will open on Saturday, said Banac.
DZMM, Nov. 26, 2019