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Duterte laments lack of commercial ships for travel: Lahat tuloy nag-eeroplano

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has lamented the lack of commercial passenger ships traveling between the provinces.

This mode of transport gives “small Filipinos” an option for expensive air travel, said Duterte on Sunday during a situation briefing in Tuguegarao City.

“Irrespective of economic level, ang problema kasi dito sa barko is ang mga probinsyano kasi, pupunta ng Maynila may mga baon yan sila; baon na bigas, itlog for their relatives, manok. Meron silang baon para doon sa pupuntahan nila, or might be really consumption for the period they would be in Manila to work on something,” the chief executive said.

“Ang masakit diyan wala na yan, and they are forced to take the (airplane) and they have to pay for excess. Wala na, hindi na sila makadala ng saging, the usual culture of Filipinos na meron talagang madala or even the consumption of rice,” he added.

Duterte also said he would meet Filipino ship owners and operators to discuss his plan to revive the country’s shipping industry.

“If there is a need for me to reassure them or if I can give an incentive to the vessel owners, you might want to schedule a meeting with them. So tatanungin ko sila, what would be the most appropriate steps that we can adopt so you can continue plying the route of Davao sa Batangas. Kailangan ng tao e. There is something there that is not for the people. And there is something wrong there,” the President added.