#AplikanteSaSenado | Sonny Matula opposes possible China takeover of Hanjin

5 days ago

MARCH 14, 2019 – Senatorial candidate Sonny Matula thumbed down the idea of having a Chinese company to take over the Subic shipyard of South Korean firm Hanjin.

In an interview with News5’s Aplikante sa Senado, Matula warned against such possibility as the company’s commercial shipyard in Subic is about 260 kilometers from the Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea.

“Marami sa mga Pilipino, lalo na sa mga manggagawa, na baka gagamiting resupply yan ng China kung magkaroon tayo ng giyera laban sa kanila. Isang usapin din ‘yan ng national security,” Matula argued.

He also preferred the government to operate the shipyard and invite the private sector.

ON WORKERS’ RIGHTS

Should he win the senatorial race, Matula said he will file a bill which aims to end contractualization in the country.

“Ang aming sinasabi lang sa secretary of Labor at kay Pangulong Duterte noong magdialogue kami nung Pebrero last year… we must return back to the old practice na ‘yung regular work shall be a norm,” he added.

He also wanted to implement a national minimum wage.

“‘Yung kasalukuyang batas natin ay tagibang na at hindi na angkop sa kasalukuyang sitwasyon ng mga manggagawa,” he explained.

“Ang karpintero sa Jolo ay dapat mayroong the same salary, minimum wage sa karpintero sa Metro Manila,” he added.