One of the surprising things I found while “roof-surfing” in Google Maps back during the time the Philippines was starting to have high-resolution satellite imagery is that the construction of the south extension of C-5 Road in Metro Manila (to connect SLEX [R-3] with Coastal Road [R-1]) is already ongoing. Right now, the finished segment starts at Quirino Avenue (R-2) in Las Pinas City to Sucat Road (aka Dr. A. Santos Avenue) in Parañaque, between the main and annex buildings of SM City Sucat.
The C-5 Road extension also provides an interesting look at the temporal differences between the satellite imagery available on Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, and Microsoft Live Maps. Shown to the side are imagery of the C-5 Road extension from the three mapping services. It’s immediately obvious that Microsoft’s satellite image is the newest among the three (with a finished SM City Sucat Annex) and that Yahoo!‘s is the oldest, with only some road foundation existing.
Anyway, most Filipinos should know by now that Senate President Manny Villar is currently in the midst of a controversy regarding this C-5 Road extension project. Sen. Ping Lacson is accusing Sen. Villar of misusing his position for graft and corruption by ordering the insertion of two “duplicate” 200-million peso budget allocations to fund the continued extension of C-5 Road and also for re-routing the original plan of the extension to pass through Las Piñas. Sen. Lacson alleges that Sen. Villar stands to gain from these insertions and the rerouting because Sen. Villar’s real estate companies will earn from the right-of-way buy-outs of the land the C-5 Road extension will occupy.
Whether Sen. Villar did misuse his authority or if this is simply political assassination (since Sen. Villar will run for President in 2010 and Sen. Lacson is also expected to run) still remains to be seen.