Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Secretary Salvador Panelo said that the idea of government taking over Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Phil) shipyard facility in Subic is just a proposal.
“What I know is when I asked Secretary Lorenzana, ang parang sinabi lang ni Presidente: tingnan natin. Madaling sabihin, it’s just a proposal,” Secretary Panelo said during January 17 press briefing in Malacanang.
When asked if President Rodrigo Duterte is interested in the proposal, Panelo said “eh iyon ang kaniyang sagot eh, “Tingnan natin.” O ibig sabihin siguro, pag-aaralan.”
“Proposal pa lang ni Secretary Lorenzana iyon, so let’s see how it evolves,” he further explained.
The proposal of Secretary Lorenzana and Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad has gained support from Senate. Senators Juan Miguel Zubiri, Richard Gordon, and Ping Lacson vocally expressed their support during January 16 deliberation of DND 2019 budget.