Malacaangon Sundaydefended Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana’s high-profile visit to Pag-asa Island within the West Philippine Sea, saying the journey was a part of authorities efforts to enhance the lives of Filipino residents within the municipality of Kalayaan. Amid China’s expression of concern and alarm over Lorenzana’s visit, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella maintained that 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.” “The visit of the Department of National Defense and the Armed Forces of the Philippines to Pag-asa Island is a part of the efforts t…

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Source: inquirer