- National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said that the Pag-asa Island is swarmed by many Chinese fishing vessels
- Therefore, he recommended filing a diplomatic protest against Beijing
- Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin said he “fired off” a diplomatic protest
National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said during a media briefing that he recommended filing a diplomatic action over the Chinese fishing vessels swarming in the Pag-asa Island.
KAMI learned that another diplomatic protest has been filed against Beijing on Wednesday.
"Napakaraming Chinese fishing vessels doon. Ang bagong record noong February 8... umabot sila ng 61. Noong July 24, umabot sila ng 113. I have recommended diplomatic action in regards to that," Esperon said.
Through a tweet, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin Jr. has “fired off” a diplomatic protest regarding the issue.
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“I did. I listen only to military intelligence; I distrust civilian sources of ‘misinformation.’ When it comes to national security, I am the thinking trigger; the finger is the Commander-in-Chief and the Armed Forces which are the protector of people & state,” he said in another tweet.
In a previous report by KAMI, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that China “bullied” Philippines over the Scarborough Shoal.
He also mentioned that the message of China to maintain peace in the South China Sea does not reflect their actions.
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