Malacañang expects to perform more flights to Pag-Asa island regardless of China’s current try to bully Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana throughout his current go to to the disputed Spratly Islands within the West Philippine Sea.
President Spokesperson Ernie Abella mentioned that such flights had been par for the course contemplating that Pag-Asa was a fully-functioning municipality of the Philippines and that the federal government has no plans to cease flying to island to oversee the welfare of its residents.
“The Philippines has long been undertaking customary and routine maritime patrol and overflight in the West Philippine Sea which are lawful activities under international law. Such flights will likewise enable us to reach our municipality,” mentioned Abella.
Chinese navy forces warned two Philippine aircrafts, certainly one of which carried Lorenzana, from flying within the space as a result of as a result of they had been getting into Chinese territory. China has illegaly usurped Subi Reef within the Spratlys Island and constructed a navy outpost to assert its supposed possession of the island group.
“The visit of the Department of National Defense and the Armed Forces of the Philippines to Pag-asa Island is part of the efforts to improve the safety, welfare, livelihood of Filipinos residing and living in the municipality of Kalayaan which is part of the province of Palawan,” mentioned Abella.