Pag-asa improvement works to continue despite Chinese 'surveillance'- Sec. Lorenzana

Pag-asa improvement works to continue despite Chinese 'surveillance'- Sec. Lorenzana




The West Philippine Sea is considered and has still remained the standing military flash point in this part of the world.
Amidst the colossal and modern construction of the Asian giant that is China, here we are doing our own minor improvement works in our own occupied territory,
The Department of National Defense headed by Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has declared that all improvement works in Pag-asa island will continue despite alleged Chinese surveillance.
DND Sec. Delfin Lorenzana during his 2017 occular inspection of the Philippine held territory- Pag Asa island in 2017 (photo credit to owner)

"They have been watching us for a long time but our projects are proceeding and will continue until completed. They are not interfering naman (anyway)," Lorenzana said 
The Defense Secretary was reacting to reports that Chinese that abound the area are doing constant surveillance and monitoring on the ongoing construction of the island’s beaching ramp and repairs on its runway.
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson, brig. Gen Edgard Arevalo said while there are confirmed sightings of Chinese vessels in tha area, the number is not as high as reported in mainstream media that is more than 600.
"Ang malinaw po diyan ay parang nagkaroon ng double counting. Kasi for one quarter - January, plus February plus March, equals one quarter ay 627. Pero actually, some of the vessels come in and go out. Kaya ang binilang po natin iyong ‘bow number,’ iyong numero doon sa bow at iyon pong — meaning, sa harapan ng barko at ang total po noon (the front of the ships and the total) is around 275 (for one quarter) (What is clear is there has been double counting. Because for one quarter -- January, plus February, plus March, equal one quarter -- is 627. But actually, some of the vessels come in and go out. What we counted is the ‘bow number’, the number in the bow, the front of the ships, and the total is around 275)," Arevalo said, adding that on the average, the figure translates to more than 80 ships per month.
"At ang atin pong obserbasyon ay nandoon sila upang magpakita ng kanilang presensiya. At the same time, meron po kasi tayong proyektong ginagawa diyan saPag-asa Island, naibabalita n’yo naman po iyan sa maraming pagkakataon, at ang atin pong tingin dito ay kasama iyon sa kanilang minamanmanan (Our observation is that they are there to show their presence. At the same time, we have a project there on Pag-asa Island. That has been reported several times, and the way we see it is, that is part of what they are watching closely)," Arevalo added.




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