Defense Sec. Lorenzana : PH not surrendering any part of its territory

Defense Sec. Lorenzana : PH not surrendering any part of its territory




Not an inch is given.
Warmer and robust bilateral ties with China does not mean compromising any part of the Philippine territory.
Secretary of Defense Delfin Lorenzana in his statement during a forum at the National Defense College of the Philippines dubbed, "The National Security Outlook for the Philippines in 2019”,was quoted in saying: 
Defense Chief Delfin Lorenzana (photo credit to owner)


“While we recognize China as a bilateral partner for joint ventures and other endeavors, it is worth emphasizing that our territorial sovereignty and integrity, maritime entitlements and rights should not be compromised. We are not compromising them; we are not giving them away.” 
“The Philippines continues to view the arbitral tribunal ruling as valid and legitimate. We have not, and we will never surrender any part of our territory,” Lorenzana added.
Lorenzana notes that the competing territorial and maritime claims in the South China Sea as the most critical external security challenge for the Philippines.
He explains further that the country has already called on China and other competing countries to finalize and adopt a valid, binding and mutually acceptable code of conduct in the South China Sea.
He laments, that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) even with its limited resources and capability maintains its presence within  the exclusive economic zone (EEZ), and does its best to safeguard the farthest ends of the country’s territory.
“Since it is imperative to secure the national territory, sovereignty and sovereign rights of our country’s maritime claims and entitlements, to include the West Philippine Sea and the Philippine Rise, the AFP is steadfast in performing this constitutional duty,” the Defense chief emphasized.

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