China is not a friend of PH - Sen. Gordon

China is not a friend of PH - Sen. Gordon





Those are not actions of a friend.

This was the reaction of Senator Richard Gordon when asked about the hundreds of Chinese vessels in the disputed waters of Pag-asa island.
Recent reports from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) raised the concern over Chinese vessels that have been almost stationary near the island since the start of this year – January. These vessels are “maritime militia”  which has the purpose of making or sustain Chinese “assertive presence” in the area, said LTC Elpidio Factor of the Western Command.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Chinese President Xin Jinping (photo credit to owner)

"Sabi ng China kaibigan natin sila, pero a friend does not send hundreds of army, hundreds of navy, does not send hundreds of vessels to harass our fishermen in our territory," Gordon was quoted as saying in a released statement.
(China said they're our friend, but a friend does not send hundreds of army, hundreds of navy, does not send hundreds of vessels to harass our fishermen in our territory.)
The Philippines should have a strong military and naval force or otherwise risk being "pushed around by other countries," Senator Gordon said. 
Gordon said he pushed for 13 percent of the proceeds from the tax reform law to go to the military, on top of the budget from the Bases Conversion and Development Authority, to ensure that soldiers will not go to war without the proper equipment. 
The Philippines through the Department of Foreign Affairs has already filed note verbale over the continued presence of Chinese vessels off Pag-asa island.

The country has repeatedly raised concerns over China’s activities in the disputed waters, most especially the militarization of the area, which Beijing denied.



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