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Manila's $25bn traffic headache looms as 2022 election issue

Duterte's infrastructure plan progresses slower than expected

Antipolo station, which opened July 5, is the last stop on the eastern extension of the LRT Line 2 that runs across greater Manila. (Photo by Yuichi Shiga)

MANILA -- With the Duterte administration's ambitious program to modernize public transit networks in the Philippines falling far behind schedule, addressing notorious traffic congestion around the capital will likely emerge as a major campaign issue ahead of next year's presidential election.

Scores of commuters excitedly waited for a train at Antipolo station on its opening day on July 5. The elevated station is the last stop on the eastern extension of Light Rail Transit Line 2 that runs east-west across greater Manila and stands over Marcos Highway, a major arterial road.

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