Alejano firm that military instructed not to patrol West PHL Sea

Magdalo Partylist Representative Gary C. Alejano is standing by his previous statement that he received information that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) was instructed by Malacañang to stop patrolling the West Philippine Sea.

“‘Yung information na ito, I got hold of this information personally, first-hand information some months ago,” Alejano told Super Radyo dzBB. “Hindi kuryente ‘yan. I am 100 percent sure because the person, the source has the authority to say that and he relayed to me the information personally.”

“Merong instruction na huwag na magpatrolya sa Scarborough Shoal and West Philippine Sea kasi nga wala din namang effect ‘yan at baka ma-offend pa ang China,” he said.

However, he said a compromise was reached for the military to still perform its mandate to protect the country’s sovereignty.

“Nagkaroon ng, in a way, negotiation or discussion. Nag-compromise na lang na isang patrolya na lang kada buwan para hindi nila magagawa ang kanilang mandato. So minomonitor natin ang activities diyan,” Alejano said. “Ngayon, kahit itong isang patrolya kada buwan, it is hardly followed. Kasi minsan may lagpas ng isang buwan, minsan may tatlong buwan na wala pa ring patrolya. So ‘yun lang ang konteksto ng discussion.”

Representative Alejano first revealed the information on Saturday, June 11, however, the AFP released a statement saying there was no order to stop West Philippine Sea patrols.

“I do not know where Cong. Alejano got that supposed instruction from the Commander-in-Chief,” AFP spokesman Colonel Edgard Arevalo said. “Malamang kuryenteng balita yan if not yet another malicious imputation on the President dragging the AFP in.”

“As a matter of fact, our maritime and aerial patrols continue — contrary to such information allegedly received by the Partlylist Congressman,” the AFP spokesman added. “Let me assure our people that your AFP continues and will continue to perform its mandate.”