By Junex Doronio
August 18, 2022
MANILA — In line with the declaration of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to maintain the country’s sovereignty and “never give an inch” of its territory, the visit of his National Security Adviser Clarita Carlos to Palawan and the Kalayaan Island Group (KIG) boosted the morale of the military stationed there.
“Her visit speaks of our common aspiration, strong stand, and unwavering dedication to protecting the people and the state under our responsibility,” Western Command (Wescom) chief Vice Admiral Alberto Carlos said in a statement on Thursday, August 18.
He added: “In collaboration with our peace partners, we have done our best in ensuring that the NSA’s official visit in Wescom’s area of responsibility is worthwhile and that there will be no stones unturned as to all security matters of utmost significance. Hence, Wescom’s commitment to national security and interests is and shall always be the order of the day.”
The Wescom said the NSA — who also serves as head of the National Task Force on the West Philippine Sea — flew to Pag-asa Island using a military aircraft.
Internationally known as Thitu Island, Pag-asa is located west of Puerto Princesa City in Palawan and is part of Kalayaan Island Group, a chain of nine islets the Philippines claims as territory among the broader group internationally known as the Spratlys.
The NSA then met with local officials, as well as military and other uniformed personnel, and local residents. (ai/mtvn)