By Mario B. Casayuran
Golfers who play at courses inside military camps will need to look for other venues if a move to sell these golf courses and other government assets would be approved by the Executive branch to form part of a general fund to address the various financial requirements needed to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.
Senator Panfilo M. Lacson, chairman of the Senate National Defense and Security Committee, said he favors this proposal ‘’as long as the physical security of military facilities will not be compromised.’’
‘’If we cut the golf courses inside the military camps and sell the same to private developers, I am all for it as well as other out-of-the-box ideas,’’ he said.
‘’I agree with PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) that all options should be considered because what is at stake are our people as well as the country’s survival,’’ he stressed.
‘’As I said earlier, these are extraordinary times that call for extraordinary measures, including quick and harsh punishments for gross incompetence, but especially against those who steal and take advantage of public funds intended to save us from the COVID-19 pandemic,’’ he added.