21 Jun China Offers the Philippines to Build Manila-Clark Railway Within 2 Years
On Tuesday, June 21, president-elect Rodrigo Duterte said that China offered him to have a railway built from Metro Manila to Clark, Pampanga within two years.
The Chinese ambassador said, “We will do the railway immediately and we will solve your Clark-Manila railway. We’ll use the shortest way.”
Duterte said about the plan, “I don’t know how they’ll do it. But we will complete it in two years.”
He also said that he wants to build a railway from Tutuban, Manila to the Bicol region, and another one from Manila to Batangas.
Duterte then challenged the businessmen in the country and his cabinet saying, “Can you match the offer? Because if you cannot match the offer, I will accept the goodwill of China. My job is to see to it that the people are comfortable.
With Duterte’s determination about the project, he has sent incoming Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade to go to China.
It was already reported that Tugade and 6 other cabinet members has gone to China but have no information said on what is the visit all about.
Duterte sees that the legacy of having built a railway system in the whole country is one of his dreams to leave for the Filipino people.
“Art Tugade has to go to China, not to talk about war, not to talk about irritations there, but to talk about peace,” he said.
Tugade also said that drastic changes must be done to fix Metro Manila’s transportation problems.