QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Makabayan bloc will challenge the legality of the loan agreement between the Philippine government and China for the P4.3 billion Chico River Irrigation project.
The group will file a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) at the Supreme Court (SC) to temporarily stop the implementation of the said project.
“Ang immediate na relief na hihingin ay ang TRO (Temporary Restraining Order) tapos idi-declare na unconstitutional (The immediate relief we will request is the TRO then the declaration of unconstitutionality)” Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casilao said
They will also question the patrimonial assets of the Philippines which was reportedly going to be collateral in case the country is unable to pay its debts with China.
“Hindi pa dini-disclose ng gobyerno, ano pa ang mga assets niya na parang nilagay niya sa kaniyang collateral(The government still hasn’t disclosed the assets they are going to use as collateral),” Arilao said.
The Makabayan bloc also said the Philippines is at a disadvantage when it comes to the workforce of the project because a huge percentage of them will be Chinese.
Meanwhile, Malacañang said it is open to any move to question its actions.
“The Palace always welcomes any move to question its action, if they feel it’s not within the law,” presidential spokesperson and chief presidential legal counsel, Sec. Salvador Panelo said.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)