President Duterte leads groundbreaking of Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Thursday, March 2 led the groundbreaking ceremony of the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX).

In his speech at the Virlo Public Market in the municipality of Cordova here, President Duterte lauded the project saying that that would be vital to the city as it “suffers nfrom lack of mobility.”

“Aside from that, it’s really the total absence of infrastructures,” he said.

The 8.2-kilometer toll bridge facility, which is expected to be completed in 2020, seeks to ease traffic congestion, foster economic growth, and bring development to the entire Cebu province.

The CCLEX alignment will start from Cebu South Coastal Road and will end at the Mactan Cebu Circumferential Road in Barangay Pilipog in Cordova. It will cross the Mactan Channel through the tidal flats of Cordova.

Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation, a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corporation, will finance, design, build, operate, and maintain the bridge through the public-private partnership framework. It will then be owned by the local governments of Cebu City and municipality of Cordova after 35 years.

During his speech, the Chief Executive assured Filipinos that he is “committed to stop drugs before I go out.”

“It will not end tomorrow… for as long as there is a drug pusher and a drug lord,” Duterte said.

The President said he is trying to zero in on law and order “because peace is what makes a country develop and progress.”

President Duterte said the only way to secure the country really is to be peaceful.

After the ceremony, the President told reporters that he is “exceedingly excited” to see his grandson. His daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte gave birth to a baby boy on Thursday afternoon.

During the same interview, President Duterte said Senator Juan Ponce Enrile advised him on a number of things during their meeting last Wednesday, March 1 such as on drugs, national security, problems on terrorist, and peace talks.

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