SiNABI ng Palasyo na sampal sa mga kritiko ang groundbreaking ng Metro Manila Subway na duda kung matutuloy nga ito.
Sa isang pahayag, sinabi ni Presidential Spokesperson at Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo na patunay lamang ito seryoso ang pamahalaan na masolusyunan ang problema sa trapik sa bansa.
“The critics say it can never be done. The cynics say it is just a dream. We are pleased to announce today’s groundbreaking ceremony of the Metro Manila Subway, which will be the first-ever underground railway system in the Philippines,” sabi ni Panelo.
Ito’y matapos namang pormal nang idaos ang groundbreaking ng proyekto.
“The Metro Manila Subway has been dubbed as the project of the century as it is considered a major transformational project in mass transport in the country,” ayon pa kay Panelo.
“Once it becomes serviceable, and with a speed of 80kph, the riding public can travel from Quezon City to NAIA Terminal 3 in 30 minutes. There will be 15 stations, and the first three stations will be operational in 2022, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr). With this foundation, we request succeeding administrations to exert the same effort until the railway system is fully completed,” dagdag pa ni Panelo.
Tiniyak ni Panelo na patuloy na imomonitor ng Office of the President ang progreso sa proyekto, kasabay ng pagtiyak na buo ang suporta sa DOTr.
“We also ask the public to remain patient as it is us who will greatly benefit from gains of this major infrastructure project in the near future,”sabi pa ni Panelo.