MMDA admits it can’t contain traffic mess during Bangaldesh president visit

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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Tuesday advised motorists to expect traffic disruptions in parts of the metropolis during the state visit of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on January 15-19.

“Possible traffic disruptions could be experienced in the vicinity of the airport in Pasay City, roads in Makati business district, Pasig commercial district, Manila City and Quezon City when Sirisena’s vehicle convoy passes by. A full stop of traffic would be observed and be opened immediately as convoy passes through,” the MMDA said in an advisory.

The Sri Lankan leader is expected to arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at about 10:50 p.m. on board Singapore Airlines flight SQ 918.

Sirisena will have a bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday to discuss areas of mutual interest, including political, economic, cultural, and people-to-people engagement.

He is also set to visit the Asian Development Bank and the International Rice Research Institute in Los Baños, Laguna during his five-day state visit.

This is the second visit of a Sri Lankan leader to the country, after former Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike’s visit in 1976.

The two countries established diplomatic relations in 1961. (PNA)