National Security Adviser (NSA) Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said that defensive posturing can be easily turned into an offensive after Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua said that China adopts a military strategy of active defense which adheres to the principle of defense, self-defense and post-strike response.
Esperon’s statement was also made amid the presence of around 110 Chinese fishing vessels near Pag-asa Island on July 25.
“Ang defensive ay isang porma ng offensive – madaling gawing offensive position lalo na kung naka-position na sila,” Secretar Esperon told Dobol B sa News TV on August 1.
“Although fishing vessels ‘yan, kung tao sa tao lang, kung 110 yan, kung lalagyan mo ng minimum ng 10 people eh 1,000 na agad. Tao sa tao lang may magagawa yan,” he said.
“Nakakabahala yung ganong positioning,” he added.
However, Secretary Esperon said that the number of Chinese fishing boats near Pag-asa Island has lowered down to around 3 as of June 30.