National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana revealed to reporters covering the inauguration of new beaching ramp in Pag-asa Island on June 9 that former Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua asked him not to visit Pag-asa Island.
“Kinausap ako ni Ambassador Zhao, kung puwede hindi ako pumunta rito. Tinanong ko sa kanya, bakit? Sabi niya, wala pang nagpupunta diyan na Secretary of Defense,” Secretary Lorenzana said as quoted by Rappler.
“Eh ‘di ako mauuna,” Lorenzana said.
Secretary Lorenzana also visited Pag-asa Island, as national defense secretary, in April 2017.