Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Wednesday stated the mere presence of Chinese vessels close to Pag-asa Island shouldn’t be a cause for alarm.
Cayetano was reacting to Magdalo Partylist Rep. Gary Alejanos’ report that Chinese vessels had been noticed north of Pag-asa island.
While he didn’t affirm or deny Alejano’s declare, Cayetano assured the general public that the state of affairs within the disputed Pag-asa Island is “very stable”.
“I can’t confirm or deny because nga this is part of the discussion with command center but I’ll tell you continuous ‘yan. We will tell you if this is a cause for diplomatic or a military alarm,” Cayetano stated in a press convention on the House of Representatives.
“So, while I can’t tell you the details, I can tell you the communication is there. There are reasons for certain presence of certain vessels, but it’s the situation in the area is very stable,” he added.
The navy stated it was nonetheless verifying reviews of alleged Chinese actions close to Pagasa Island. (PNA)