Magdalo Party-List Representative Gary C. Alejano said the closest Chinese missile system to Pag-asa Island is installed in Zamora (Subi) Reef.
“The distance of Pag-asa Island from the closest missile located in Subi Reef is around the same distance as that of Quezon City to Taguig City,” he said. ” Ganyan kalapit ang mga kagamitang pandigma ng China sa mga kababayan natin na naninirahan ngayon sa Pag-asa Island.”
He also said that Chinese missile systems with ranges of 295 nautical miles and 160 nautical miles can target vessels located as far as the waters of Balabac, Palawan.
“The actions and continuous aggression of China in the West Philippine Sea are obviously threats to our national security. I call on the Duterte administration to wake up from its long doze, silence and inaction. Let us not let China’s sweet talks of investments and loans lull us into a false sense of security. Their actions clearly belie their pronouncements. Pain lamang ito sa patibong,” Alejano said.
He added that Philippines “must raise this matter in all possible forums as a grave concern not only to us, but to the whole region.”
According to CNBC’s sources, China installed missile systems in Kagitingan (Fiery Cross) Reef, Zamora (Subi) Reef and Panganiban (Mischief) Reef in the Spratly Islands in the past 30 days.
CNBC said in the report that the YJ-12B land-based anti-ship cruise missiles allow China to strike surface vessels within 295 nautical miles of the reefs. It added that the long-range surface-to-air missiles designated as HQ-9B, have an expected range of targeting aircraft, drones and cruise missiles within 160 nautical miles.
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said that deployments in Spratly Islands target no one.
“Anyone with no invasive intention will find no reason to worry about this. We hope that the relevant party could view this matter in an objective and calm way,” Hua Chunying noted. ” I must stress that China is a big country in terms of trade, and also a staunch champion of regional peace and stability. We will continue to work with all countries to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea.”
Sources: https://www.facebook.com/Rep.AlejanoMagdalo/posts/1523057521153548; http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/xwfw_665399/s2510_665401/t1556501.shtml; https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/02/china-added-missile-systems-on-spratly-islands-in-south-china-sea.html