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LOOK: LP Nagrenta ng 6 Superferry Ships Para sa Protesters From Visayas at Mindanao

A 2GO employee based in it’s Bacolod City hub who refused to identify herself because she is not authorized to give an official statement, told DYHB Radyo Agong that a representative from a Manila-based company rented at least six ships from Superferry fleet bound to Manila on September 18 and 19.

The move is the first in 2GO’s history since the company acquired assents from WG&A and Negros Navigation on 2012.

The employee said that six ships, 4 from Mindanao and 2 from Bacolod & Cebu, have been rented to transport possible September 21 rallyists from Visayas and Mindanao. The employee did not disclose the agreed amount, but said it costs millions of pesos.

“This is the first time that a company rented the whole ship. Not just one but six. There is no major event on September 21 aside from Martial Law anniversary so I guess the ships will be used for transporting the protesters”, the employee said.

The employee also suspected that the company who rented the ships have connection with 2GO.

2GO is controlled by a company wholly-owned by the Chinese government.

The employee said that one ship can carry 1,700 to 2,500 passengers.

She added that the four ships assigned in Mindanao will leave Mindanao ports on the night of September 18, while the two ships from Cebu and Bacolod-Iloilo will leave the Visayan ports on the night of September 19.

All ships are expected to arrive at Manila South Harbor on the night of September 20.

Since the employee has no information about the passenger manifests, she estimated only that all ships can carry at least 14,000 passengers.

2GO is formed from the merging of two companies, including the biggest passenger shipping lines Negros Navigation Company NENACO), which was owned by the Lopez Group of Companies, who also owns TV Network ABS-CBN.

Duterte’s political opponents are planing to stage a massive protest during the Marcos Martial Law anniversary on September 21.

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