Manila rail lines' trolley boys

The daredevils and angels who deliver commuters from Manila's gridlock hell

Picture a job where you have to dodge trains for $10 a day. That is exactly what Mr Benjie Barbosa does for a living.

Mr Barbosa, 35, and dozens of others - men, teens and boys - ferry scores of commuters each day on trolleys fashioned out of recycled wood, iron screws, nails and ball bearings along a 2km stretch of a busy rail line, an informal transport system that serves a poorer, more densely packed part of the Philippine capital Manila.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 03, 2019, with the headline 'Manila rail lines'trolley boys'. Print Edition | Subscribe