APEC-affected public told: Pray, be patient

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MANILA, Nov. 17, 2015 – A Catholic priest-cop calls on the Filipino public, especially those in southern Metro Manila, to exercise utmost patience with regard to the the forthcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, and to offer prayers for its success.

“I urge you to please cooperate and to be patient with the ongoing traffic rerouting and the congestion it causes,” said Fr. Jason D. Ortizo of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Chaplaincy Service in Camp Rafael T. Crame, Quezon City in an interview.

Avoiding the hassle

The priest, an active police personnel with the rank of PSUPT, advised commuters and motorists to know in advance the spots where APEC lanes are located to avoid the possible hassle.

“Buy everything you need ahead of the summit so there will be no need for you to leave your houses as often,” he stressed.

He went on to tell them that as much as they can, to just to stay at home altogether throughout the duration of the summit.

“Let us all pray for the success of the event as well as for the safety of all,” Ortizo added.

Traffic nightmare

Meanwhile, on Monday, Nov. 16, a few days before the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting officially opens, thousands of motorists and commuters took to social media to vent their anger over the hours-long traffic deadlock in the Pasay-Parañaque-Manila area, especially along Coastal Road, Roxas Boulevard, MIA Road, and Quirino Avenue.

Mark Daniel of Cavite complained that Caviteños are likely to be the most affected come APEC, given that vehicles to and from the metropolis will have difficulty entering and leaving the province.

“We had to walk the entire expressway (Cavitex) after three hours of waiting at the tollgate,” he lamented.

Once in a lifetime

Bjay Aguila, however, did not mind the traffic APEC causes, saying that Filipinos have seen worse anyway, and this time it is for a good reason.

“Hosting the APEC in Manila is [a] once in a lifetime [experience]. … We may not feel any difference individually but it will help make a difference moving forward for our country. We all suffer everyday from traffic. It’s just that yesterday’s went up a notch highers. In any case, traffic jam will likely stay this time anyway with or without APEC since the Christmas season is just around the corner. What’s three days and two days declared as holiday pa?” he explained. (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)

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