PH to continue patrols in WPS amid China’s opposition, ITS OUR'S - Locsin

PH to continue patrols in WPS amid China’s opposition, ITS OUR'S - Locsin


Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teodoro Boy Locsin, Jr. said the country despite the pronouncements of China will continue to patrol the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

“We’re gonna continue our patrol because it’s ours. That’s all there is to it and then they will continue to call it an illegal provocation – but that’s their right. It’s a free world. We can’t stop another country from talking,” Secretary Locsin said during an exclusive  interview with ABS-CBN News Channel.

“Our statement itself was a reaction to what China was doing. That was our reaction and that is their reaction. Let me please emphasize this, it’s a free world. Everyone is free to say what they want,” Secretary Locsin added. “I have formally protested certain actions from China in what is indisputably our territorial waters. So fine, let them say that. They can call it illegal provocations, you can’t change their mind. They already lost the arbitral award, they wouldn’t accept it.”

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It may be recalled that China accused the Philippines of infringing on China’s sovereignty and security by sending military aircraft into air space adjacent to Spratly islands and reefs garrisoned by China. 

Before that the Philippines filed a diplomatic protest against China “over the illegal confiscation by the Chinese Coast Guard of fish aggregating devices (payaos) of Filipino fishermen in Bajo de Masinloc in May.”

The Philippines also “objected to China’s continuing illicit issuances of radio challenges against Philippine aircraft conducting legitimate regular maritime patrols in the West Philippine Sea.”

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