Hontiveros, Pangilinan vehemently condemn Chinese Coast Guard blocking PH boats in Ayungin Shoal

Hontiveros, Pangilinan vehemently condemn Chinese Coast Guard blocking PH boats in Ayungin Shoal

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA – The Senate opposition on Thursday vehemently condemned the
recent incident in Ayungin Shoal, in which Chinese Coast Guard
vessels blocked and water cannoned Philippine boats that were on their
way to supply food for our military personnel.

In separate statements, Senator Risa Hontiveros and Francis Pangilinan
said that this is an outright and unacceptable violation of our
sovereign rights and jurisdiction.

“Matagal na akong galit sa lantarang pagbastos ng Tsina sa ating
karapatan at karagatan” Hontiveros said.

Hontiveros also shared Foreign Affairs Sec. Teodoro Locsin’s outrage
and she supported his move to protest this incessant bullying to H.E.
Huang Xilian, the Ambassador of China, and to the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs in Beijing.

“It is only right that China and her representatives know that we will
not keep mum,” she said.

“Alam natin na nasa tama tayo. Atin ang West Philippine Sea, at
kailanman, walang karapatan ang Tsina na mag-astang may-ari.
Pinanawagan ko rin sa Malacanang na mariing ikondena ang pangyayaring
ito. Let us show our military personnel, the very same people who risk
their lives for our country, that we will always defend them,” she
added.

“Handa nila tayong depensahan, ipakita naman natin na hindi rin natin
sila iiwan,” Hontiveros ended.

Meanwhile, Pangilinan also condemned the incident, saying the we
cannot allow this to happen in our territory which undermined our
sovereignty.

“Kinokondena natin ang pagharang at pag-water-cannon sa ating mga
sundalong Pilipino na naghahatid lang ng supply sa mga kasama nila sa
Ayungin,” he said.

“Hindi tayo payag na sakupin ang mga isla natin, o bastusin ang mga
sundalo natin,” he added.

Pangilinan said that: “We recognize that we, like the rest of the
world, cannot even wear our underpants without China. And the 2022
election will determine what happens to our country.”

“Hindi rin tayo payag na ibenta ang pinakamatatayog na bahagi ng ating
ekonomiya sa mga negosyante ng mainland. Malampaya sa Udenna, telecoms
sa Dito. Power and telecommunications are strategic concerns for any
country,” Pangilinan said.

“Ang tanong sa ating lahat: Payag ka bang ibenta ang lupa na
tinitirhan mo? Ang kinabukasan ng mga anak at apo natin?”, he ended. (ai/mtvn)

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