Contributed by: Don WinnerThe Panama Canal Authority (ACP ) acknowledged the support received from multiple sectors, from both organizations and Panamanians in general, during the last two months while an agreement was sought to standardize the construction of the third set of locks.
"The support and confidence in all of us who are part of the ACP was a tremendous motivator, and those voices served to reaffirm our intention of reaching an agreement that would protect the interests of Panama and the Canal," said ACP manager Jorge Luis Quijano.
Multiple civic groups, labor unions, and teachers unions expressed their support for the managers of the ACP through public statements in the middle of the negotiations to reach an agreement with the contractor for the construction of the Third Set of Locks.
"Now that we have gotten past this stage, all of us at the ACP reiterate our commitment to continue managing, operating and expanding the Panama Canal to efficiently service the world, and to benefit Panama," Quijano said. (Telemetro)
Editor's Comment: Practically everyone in Panama stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Quijano and the ACP during this crisis. It was clear that the GUPC was trying to take advantage of the situation, and the normally contentious Panamanians came together as Panamanians, to support the ACP against the actions of the GUPC to basically extort money through blackmail. The GUPC - comprised mostly of foreign companies - had no chance of winning the public argument in Panama.