DND OIC stands firm on complaint vs Chinese Coast Guard’s ‘rudeness’

DND OIC stands firm on complaint vs Chinese Coast Guard’s ‘rudeness’

By Junex Doronio
November 23, 2022

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MANILA — “Sa manlulupig, di ka pasisiil (Never Shall Invaders Trample Thy Sacred Shore).”

This line from the Philippine national anthem may aptly describe the strong posture of the Department of National Defense (DND) as it firmly stands by the account that the Chinese Coast Guard “rudely took” the floating debris from a Philippine vessel in waters off Pag-Asa Island on Sunday.

“We stand by the accounts of our personnel in the area that, contrary to the narrative of the Chinese side, the debris being towed by a Philippine vessel to Naval Station Emilio Liwanag for inspection was rudely taken by personnel from CCGV5203,” DND officer in charge Senior Undersecretary Jose Faustino Jr. said in a statement.

The Chinese foreign ministry has claimed that the object was taken by its coast guard after a “friendly consultation” with the Philippine side.

It denied that its coast guard forcibly took the object being towed by the Philippine vessel by cutting the towing line and blocking the Philippine vessel.

Meanwhile, following the recommendation of National Security Adviser Clarita Carlos, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said on Tuesday, November 22, that the Philippines would send a note verbale to China to clarify the conflicting statements by the China Coast Guard and the Philippine Navy following the Sunday incident near Pag-asa Island.

“Yes, I think that that’s what we need to do because… when it was first reported to me by the Chief of Staff, I asked him to immediately call his… the Philippine, the military attaché in the Chinese embassy and to get a report,” the President told reporters.

A note verbal is a diplomatic communication prepared in the third person and unsigned. (ai/mtvn)

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