Only very recently, President Obama said China must adhere to international law for the sake of peace and stability in the South China Sea (Vietnam) and the West Philippine Sea (RP). The Pacifi c Area Command head, Admiral Harry Harris, referred to the aggressive reclamation work by China on the reefs as a “Great Wall of Sand”. These artificial islands pose a threat to free passage of maritime traffic on very busy sea lanes and allow Beijing to project power into the maritime heart of South East Asia.
United States Representative Ed Royce (R-CA), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Sub- Committee on Asia and also the Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Terrorism wrote Secretary of the Navy Roy Mabus on November 29, 2011 calling for increased US-Philippine maritime security cooperation stating “As US Military vessels are decommissioned, I ask that you give utmost consideration to transferring them to the Philippines. I believe that the RP, through virtue of the treaty alliance with the US and its major non-NATO ally status as well as US interest in seeing the freedom of navigation upheld in the South China Sea should be given top priority as materiel becomes available.”
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The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) is asking the government to approve the pro-
posed elevated expressway project that will connect the Port of Manila to the Skyway Stage 3 project, say-
ing it will ease traffi c, lower delivery costs, cut travel time, and prevent a repeat of the port congestion.
PCCI president Alfredo Yao, in a letter to the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) on July 9, said the proposed elevated expressway will giver 24/7 access top trucks and other vehicles traveling along the stretch of North Boulevard and Road -10 to the Skyway Stage 3 project.
The port connector road is also seen to ease traffic going to and from the Port of Manila and help spare consumers, exporters, and importers from the high cost of deliveries.
The P26-billion Skyway Stage 3, an ongoing public-private partnership (PPP) construction started by Citta Central Expressway Corporation (CCEC) on February 17, will connect North and South Luzon expressways from Buendia in Makati to Balintawak in Caloocan City. The CCEC, the tandem of San Miguel Corporation and Citta Group of
Companies, is also supporting the elevated expressway project.
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