- Palace said that it is possible for the Philippines to cut diplomatic ties with China after the incident
- Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that it was just right that the Philippines immediately filed a protest against China
- Panelo also mentioned that it is important to know if what happened was “intentional” or not
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that President Rodrigo Duterte was “outraged” when he learned about the incident between the Philippine and Chinese vessels.
KAMI learned that according to the Palace, it is possible to reach to the point that the Philippines would cut its ties with China after the incident.
Panelo noted that it is necessary to know first if the act was “intentional” or not. He also urged China to sanction the Chinese crew in the collision.
In a report by Rappler (author Pia Ranada), Panelo said that the first thing to be done after “aggressive acts” is to cut diplomatic ties, noting what President Duterte threatened against Canada recently.
"Then we will cut off diplomatic relations, 'yan ang unang ginagawa 'pag mayroon mga aggressive acts. First magdi-diplomatic protest. Kung hindi ka kuntento sa paliwanag nila at nakita natin na talagang sinadya, ibang usapan 'yun," Panelo said.
“Malakas na nga 'yung ginawa natin, binanatan na natin immediately,” he added.
The Presidential Spokesperson said that they will not allow other countries to “trash upon” the sovereignty of the Philippines.
“Definitely we will not allow ourselves to be assaulted, to be bullied, to be subject of such barbaric, uncivilized and outrageous actions from any source,” Panelo said.
As previously reported by KAMI, the senators condemned the actions of the Chinese crew against the Philippine ship.
On Sunday night, a Chinese vessel hit an anchored Philippine vessel in the West Philippine Sea. It was reported that the Chinese ship abandoned the scene right after the incident and left 22 lives of the Filipinos in danger.
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