A number of projects to modernize the Armed Forces may be delayed because of the Supreme Court’s issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) on part of the government’s use of funds from the Malampaya natural gas project, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said.

“Maaring maka-delay kasi marami tayong mga projects na acquisition of assets and equipment [involving funds from Malampaya],” Gazmin said in a press briefing Wednesday.

Gazmin did not specify what the projects were, but said those that would use funds from Malampaya are “for the protection” of the natural gas project, he said.

In November 2013, the Department of National Defense bidded out projects to build a pier, harbor, and support facilities in Oyster Bay, Palawan.

The projects, worth a total of P313.614 million, were set to use the Department of Energy’s capital outlay, according to the DND’s bid announcement.

The DOE’s capital outlay comprises funds from the Malampaya gas project, among others.

The Supreme Court issued the TRO last September. (John Roson)

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