A makeshift, temporary wall has been erected across a bridge on a road from the airport to downtown Manila that hides a sprawling slum along a garbage-strewn creek.A “courtesy lane” will also be in effect along Roxas Boulevard to ensure that the effects of Manila's renowned traffic management ineptitude does not sap the energies of the meeting participants...
Presidential spokesman Ricky Carandang defended the wall's installation, saying Thursday "any country will do a little fixing up before a guest comes."
"We need to show our visitors that Metro Manila is orderly. We owe it to ourselves," said metropolital Manila chief Francis Tolentino.
"I see nothing wrong with beautifying our surroundings. We are not trying to keep the poor out of the picture," he said.
[MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino ] said the designation of the courtesy lanes is part of the country's showing hospitality to the foreign delegates being the host country for this year's meet.