Palace to DOTC: Solve legal issues in connector road project


Posted at Jun 26 2014 07:13 PM | Updated as of Jun 27 2014 03:13 AM

MANILA – Malacañang is urging the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to resolve legal issues in the P18 billion North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) connector road project of the Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC).

Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima met in Malacañang on Thursday to discuss the legal issues that are causing delays in the project.

“The President called us all together to resolve the issues. We have to do that because at the end of the day, it's Presidential approval. We have to protect the President by making sure what we are recommending is legally sound," Abaya said.

Abaya said among the issues discussed was the one raised by a complainant on whether the connector road will be developed under the Philippine National Construction Corporation (PNCC) franchise or subjected to a “Swiss challenge.”

Abaya said he is looking forward to the resolution of the legal issues.
"We hope there is a clear legal solution to it. I am really interested in getting this implemented," he said.

Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC) President Ramoncito Fernandez earlier said the project is unlikely to be completed before the end of the term of President Aquino because of delays due to legal issues.