The scenario is a familiar one. A no-nonsense politician lashes those in charge of the national capital over a lack of urban planning, its antiquated drainage system, traffic gridlock, hazardous air quality and proliferating slums.
He even suggests that the administrative seat of government be moved. This outburst prompted a strong reaction, but not, this time, in Bangkok because the politician was Senator Antonio Trillanes and the flawed national capital was Manila.
While the Thai capital fared much better this month, it is in no position to gloat as it has similar problems. Coincidentally, while the Philippine senator was lamenting the fate of his capital, city governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra was flying to New York to receive the "World's Best Cityaward from Travel + Leisure magazine for the fourth successive year.
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