PH comes first: Jonvic Remulla speaks up on possible termination of Sangley airport deal with Chinese firm
Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla is keeping a patriotic but pragmatic view over the possible cancellation of the provincial government’s agreement with the Chinese state-owned firm which bagged the first phase of the Sangley Point International Airport (SPIA) project.
In a Facebook post Tuesday, September 1, Remulla said development projects should not proceed “at the expense of our national dignity.”
“I am unyielding in the belief that the SPRATLY ISLANDS AND THE WEST PHILIPPINE SEA BELONGS TO THE PHILIPPINES. There is no room for compromise. No other country should lay claim on what is rightfully ours,” he said.
The China Airport Construction Corporation (CACC) has entered into a joint venture with taipan Lucio Tan’s MacroAsia Corporation for the construction of the P500-billion Sangley airport.
CACC’s parent company is the China Construction & Communications Corporation (CCCC), which was recently blacklisted by the United States over reclamation activities in the South China Sea.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has said he will recommend terminating agreements with Chinese firms involved in reclamation activities in the disputed waters.
Remulla said he has met with CACC officials and expressed belief in their wish to build a world class airport. However, he added that the Philippines should also not be caught in the middle of the tug-of-war between the United States and China.
“I believe that we should prioritize and adopt a ‘PHILIPPINES FIRST’ policy that shall promote the interest of our nation, first and foremost. While we need to be nationalistic, we also need to be pragmatic,’” he said.
“If fidelity to duty is the hallmark of a public servant, then civility in discourse should be the true north in the Philippines’ quest for peace and progress,” Remulla added.
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