The Chinese Infrastructure giant in the consortium poised to bag the Sangley Airport Project has a spotty record that could raise questions about the propriety of allowing its participation in the major infrastructure plan.
The Consortium of China Communications Construction Co. Ltd. (CCCC) and tycoon Lucio Tan’s MacroAsia Corp. was the lone bidder for the Cavite Government’s Plan to build the P500 billion Sangley Point International Airport, in Philippines.
The World Bank had banned the Chinese State owned CCCC and its subsidiaries from 2011 to 2017 due to fraudulent practices, according to several reports.
One of its projects, Catanduanes Circumferential Road, had been brought into the spotlight because of an alleged fraudulent bidding process.
A CCCC subsidiary, CCCC Dredging, also faced scrutiny in the past for its alleged role in land reclamation by China in the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea.
A CCCC Dredging ship had been reported seen and photographed at one of the artificial islands being built by China in 2015.
The CCCC is one of the world’s largest companies, with a portfolio of 700 projects in more than 100 countries outside China. It has a value of more than $100 billion, Bloomberg reported in 2018. It is said to be the largest contractor in China’s ambitious Belt and Road initiative, according to the think tank RWR Advisory Group in Washington.
Other controversies linked to CCCC cited in the Bloomberg report were: Malaysia’s suspension of two rail projects due to corruption suspicions, Canada’s banning of the firm from acquiring a construction company due to national security concerns, allegations of mistreatment of railway workers in Kenya and corruption in Bangladesh.
Inquirer.net tried calling the listed phone number of MacroAsia Corp., but was told there was no one immediately available to discuss about joint ventures.
Some active and retired Philippine security officials have raised alarm over the potential involvement of a Chinese state-owned company in the Sangley Airport Project.