Traffic snarls grip Metro in campaign finale

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HEAVY traffic gripped Metro Manila roads on Saturday – the last day of the election campaign – as national and local candidates held their respective miting de avance to woo voters for the last time.

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Several roads were closed to give way for the politicians’ last-ditch attempt that only left commuters and motorists fuming instead of getting swayed.

The Liberal Party (LP) rally was at the Quezon Memorial Circle, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) at Lawton Avenue in Makati City, PDP-Laban at Quirino Grandstand in Manila, Partido Galing at Puso at Plaza Miranda in Manila, and Miriam Defensor Santiago at West Triangle in Quezon City.

Emerson Carlos, chairman of Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), said he ordered the deployment of at least 2,664 personnel from the agency’s different units to man and direct traffic along roads near rally areas since Friday.

He also assigned traffic enforcers at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Intramuros, Manila and the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City, where the National Board of Canvassers will be canvassing the votes.

Carlos said the agency will also send out its personnel to bus terminals, sea ports and exit points to and from Metro Manila, including the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), Coastal Road, McArthur Highway, Marcos Highway, Mindanao Avenue and A. Bonifacio Drive.

He said MMDA personnel cleaned up the trash and refuse after the rallies.

Similar cleanup operations will also be conducted around schools and polling centers until Tuesday in line with the government’s “Basura-Free Election 2016” drive.

The number coding scheme is lifted in all cities and municipalities of Metro Manila on May 9.

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