‘MAY PAPABORAN’ | Trillanes warns against gov’t takeover of Hanjin’s shipyard

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JANUARY 17, 2019 – Senator Antonio Trillanes IV flagged on Thursday the possible government takeover of South Korean firm Hanjin’s shipbuilding facilities in Subic Bay.

In a press briefing, Trillanes said he “highly suspects” the proposal which would supposedly benefit and allow the Philippine Navy to build its own vessels.

The senator, who was a former Navy officer, alleged that the takeover would eventually benefit the so-called Davao group and its Chinese partner companies.

“Huwag muna tayong makialam dahil under rehabilitation ‘yung kompanya ng mga bangko. Let’s leave it to the professionals muna since it’s a private industry to begin with,” Trillanes said.

“Once na pumasok ‘yung gobyerno, may papaboran lang ‘yan na mga kompanya,” he furthered.

Trillanes likewise thumbed down Senator Panfilo Lacson’s proposal relating to Hanjin, which declared bankruptcy on January 8.

Lacson suggested to use the P75-billion “insertion” in the Department of Public Works and Highways’ 2019 budget for the government takeover.

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“I respect his opinion but I don’t agree with it (for the same reasons). Grabe na ngayon ‘yung Davao Group ni Mr. Duterte nilalamon na yung iba’t ibang industriya ng ating bansa,” Trillanes said.

“Kailangan nating bantayan kapag napunta ‘yan sa Chinese companies. Ang problema kasi ngayon merong talagang active initiatives ang China to expand their influence in Southeast Asia,” he added, noting that the Subic Bay complex is a strategic defense location.

Malacañang, meanwhile, advised Trillanes to focus instead on his cases in response to his pronouncements.

“Wala namang nakikialam, they are already jumping the gun. Masyadong advanced. Asikasuhin niya na lang kaso niya,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.

He also stressed that the Duterte administration has yet to scrutinize the proposal.

“Maganda rin siguro kung tayo ang magpapatakbo n’un. Kung kaya natin patakbuhin bakit hindi? Hindi ba income ‘yun?,” Panelo said.