By Hannah Torregoza
Senator Joseph Victor (JV) Ejercito on Tuesday welcomed Japan’s commitment to help rebuild war-torn Marawi City and its pronounced agreement to help the Philippines’ construct metro subways and bypass road projects.
“I am very grateful to Japan’s commitment to help Marawi,” said Ejercito, who is part of the Philippine contingent during President Duterte’s state visit to Japan.
“With its pledge to undertake the funding of the subway project for Metro Manila, I am very, very happy! It is like a dream come true for me! I Have been advocating this for the longest time!” said the senator.
Ejercito is vice-chair of the Senate committee on public services.
The Japanese government pledged a Y114-billion yen loan for the Manila Subway Project.
On the other hand, the construction of a bypass road—along the Philippine-Japan Friendship highway—in Bulacan is expected to ease traffic gridlocks in Plaridel City.
Ejercito said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said partial operation of the subway project would be done during the Duterte administration.
“Japan is indeed our country’s closest ally at the moment,” the lawmaker said.
“I remember Prime Minister Obuchi pledging the SCTEX and several airports during President (Joseph) Estrada’s time and they made good their commitments,” he added.
Ejercito was referring to the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway or SCTEX.
“So, I am confident Japan will honor its pledges and commitments,” he said.
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