Aquino hopes completion of Mactan-Cebu airport before he steps down

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III said Tuesday that he wants to see the P17.5-billion Mactan-Cebu International Airport as one of those major infrastructure projects completed when he steps down in 2016.

Aquino said in the Bulong Pulungan Christmas Party in Pasay City that aside from seeing the people get involved in matters affecting the nation instead of being apathetic, he hoped to see "concrete manifestations" of his administration's achievements.

"More importantly is the airports will be substantially finished—airports, plural—Panglao, Mactan, and so many others," he said when asked what he would like to see one day before he steps down from office on June 30, 2016.

The President said he also wants to see the refurbishing of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 to be completed, the connection of the North and South Luzon Expressways and the Tarlac to La Union Expressway (TPLEX).

He added he also wanted to see at least the start of work on the light rail transit systems.

But President Aquino said what is still most important to him is seeing the can-do attitude of Filipinos.

"These are important by and of themselves, but I think, more importantly is I really want an expression—to see the expression on the faces of our people the ‘can do’ attitude, that nothing is beyond our grasp and our reach, and that is what I am hoping to see, hopefully, not just the day before I leave, but more importantly after I leave, that it continues and become stronger," he said. (SDR/Sunnex)

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