- Presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte said he will be selling the presidential yacht, BRP Ang Pangulo
- The proceeds of the sale will mainly benefit war veterans, and fund buildings for AFP and PNP
- The late president Cory Aquino also tried to sell the presidential yacht in 1986 due to its costly maintenance
President-elect Rodrigo Duterte expressed his intention of putting the presidential yacht, BRP Ang Pangulo, up for sale.
“I am selling the Pangulo, that yacht there. It’s parking somewhere, not being used and to think that the people are hungry and jobless. It could be an obscene thing to see a Pangulo there,” Duterte said in a press conference.
Duterte said that the proceeds of the sale will benefit war veterans and will also fund buildings for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP), improvement of hospital facilities, and to increase salaries for doctors, as per an article published by ABS-CBN News.
“Ipagbili ko ‘yan. The proceeds will be solely devoted to refurbish if I can. The proceeds are good enough, I’ll build a new building for the military and the police,” he said; adding that he will buy them CT scanners, among others.
Duterte said, as mentioned in an article published by Philstar, that he also plans to send specialists such as orthopedic- or neuro-surgeons to school but if the funds are not enough, he will instead renovate the Veterans Memorial Medical Center.
“Kung ‘di kaya, kung ganoon lang ang kikitain ko, I’ll just refurbish the Veteran Memorial Hospital. I’ll just bring it also at par with the other hospitals in Manila para naman kung mamatay ka, wala kang sisihin,” he said.
According to the Malacañang Palace’s website, after President Cory Aquino took over in 1986, she “tried to do away with all the lavishness and extravagance” of the Marcos administration and “put up the BRP Ang Pangulo for sale for US$5.5 million, but it was not sold.” It had been noted that it was “costing the government P400,000 a month simply to maintain” the presidential yacht.