WATCH: Can’t sell presidential yacht? Use it as a hospital - Duterte

WATCH: Can’t sell presidential yacht? Use it as a hospital - Duterte

Presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte plans to use the presidential yacht BRP Ang Pangulo as a floating hospital since he cannot immediately sell it as originally planned.

"Gagawin ko na lang 'yang hospital so kung saan 'yung conflict areas, whether it is a war or whatever, i-parking ko 'yan doon," Duterte said.

Davao City Mayor said that the presidential yacht has 20 cabins which can be renovated and transformed into a medical facility.

In an earlier announcement, Duterte had said that he will be selling the presidential yacht, Ang Pangulo, once sworn in office. During an interview, Davao reporters were also told that the proceeds from the sale of the yacht will be allocated to war veterans, improvement of hospital facilities, and salaries for doctors to curb down brain drain and encourage them to pursue their careers in the Philippines.

Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla, spokesperson of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), said that there are certain procedures for the alienation of government and military assets. As the Ang Pangulo is considered to be one, the president-elect will be required to create an evaluation committee to ascertain whether the sale is needed.

"Sabi ni Padilla, hindi raw maipagbili iyung 'Pangulo' kasi may proseso pa raw daanan. Natural, ano 'yan, maruya na sabihin mong pabili nga," Duterte said, acknowledging the need to undergo procedures.

WATCH: Can’t sell presidential yacht? Use it as a hospital - Duterte

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Here are the specifications of the presidential yacht:

Name: Ang Pangulo

Type: Motor Yacht

Model: Custom

Builder: IHI Group

Year: 1959

Flag: Philippines

Dimensions

Length Overall: 77.33 m

Beam: 13 M

Draft (max): 6.40 m

Gross Tonnage: 2200 tons

Accommodations

Guests: 44

Crew: 81

Construction

Hull Configuration: Displacement

Hull Material: Steel

Superstructure: Steel

Engine

Quantity: 2

Manufacturer: Mitsui B&W

Model: DE642/VBF75

Power: 2,500 hp/1,840 kW

Total Power: 5,000 hp/3,680 kW

Propulsion: Twin Screw

Performance and Capabilities

Max Speed: 18.0 kts

Cruising Speed: 15.0 kts

Range: 6,900 nm at 15 kts

Fuel Capacity: 372,000 L/81,828.53 USG

The “Mayor of the Philippines” also intends to use his personal pick-up truck as his official presidential vehicle as he is determined to ban his Cabinet members’ use of luxury cars.

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