The completion of Cavite’s P500-billion Sangley Point International Airport is reportedly going to be delayed over Covid19 issues.
The official reason being given for the delay by the consortium that bagged the construction contract – Lucio Tan’s MacroAsia Corp. and the China Communications Construction Corporation (CCCC) – is the uncertainty of regular flights to China caused by the pandemic.
Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla had reportedly received a letter recently requesting for an extension in the planned 2022 opening of the facility (one international runway and a terminal with a 25-million annual passenger capacity) until all China-Philippines commercial flights normalize.
But informed sources claim this deferral is really a function of the blacklisting by the White House of CCCC which it had slammed for corruption as well as aiding Beijing in its illegal island-building spree in the West Philippine Sea.
In imposing the sanctions, the US is banning CCCC from dealing with US firms, which in effect would hamper its ability to proceed with the project as it will not be able to access vital technology needed in the proposed Sangley Point International Airport.
Malacanang said it had nothing to do with the US sanctions and cleared the way for the CCCC’s continued participation in the SPIA as the Philippines is an independent country “that needs Chinese investment.”
But Gov. Remulla appeared not to be overly enthusiastic about these developments as his province “needs to be pragmatic” about the fate of the SPIA, in light of the CCCC’s blacklisting by the US government.