Manila, Jan 12: Imee Marcos, a robust Philippine senator and sister of President Ferdinand Marcos, is urgent his administration to reply questions on a big cargo of gasoline from a navy facility in Hawaii to a former U.S. naval base close to Manila.
This week, Sen. Marcos questioned the Division of Nationwide Protection concerning the cargo of 39 million gallons of gasoline to the positioning of the previous U.S. Navy base at Subic Bay. She alluded as to whether this could possibly be tied to American preparations for a possible struggle with China.
On Wednesday, Sen. Marcos, who chairs the Philippine Senate’s international relations committee, requested for an in depth clarification from the federal government and the navy concerning the cargo.
The “inexplicable silence” of the Philippine and U.S. governments earlier than a tanker set sail from Hawaii to the Philippines with the cargo of gasoline has “raised suspicions concerning the pre-positioning of navy provides within the nation amid predictions of an eventual struggle between China and the U.S. over Taiwan,” Sen. Marcos stated in a press release.
The senator final 12 months clashed together with her youthful brother’s administration, amongst different points, over its controversial determination to broaden a bilateral pact to permit U.S. forces larger entry to navy bases within the Philippines.
The 2 longtime protection allies struck the deal amid rising tensions between Washington and Beijing over Taiwan, and between Manila and Beijing over their territorial dispute within the South China Sea.
“The cargo of gasoline from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, USA, to a storage facility within the Subic Bay Freeport within the Philippines through the business tanker Yosemite Dealer is a part of common business transactions between the U.S. authorities and Philippine firms,” protection division spokesman Arsenio Andolong stated in a press release Thursday.