DND chief eyes new Navy ship to guard Palawan, Sulu waters

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Tuesday he prefers to deploy the newly-acquired BRP Conrado Yap of the Philippine Navy to guard the country’s waters off Palawan or Sulu, once it is ready.

“Kung ako siguro (As for me), maybe Palawan and the Sulu seas it depends on the Navy how soon they can bring (the ship) to the south,” Lorenzana said on the sidelines of the welcoming ceremonies for corvette BRP Conrado Yap (PS-39) at Pier 13, Manila South Harbor.

Lorenzana also lauded President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s instruction to all foreign vessels to get clearance before passing through the country’s waters.

“That is a very good development because now we have some authority to enforce our laws with (in) our territorial waters,” he said.

Duterte’s order came after the repeated passing of foreign vessels, particularly Chinese warships, through Philippine waters without notifying the government. PNA