Government taking ‘very serious’ steps on WPS concerns: DFA

An official of the Department Foreign Affairs (DFA) assured Friday that “very serious” steps are being done amid China’s alleged militarization in the disputed West Philippine Sea.

DFA Undersecretary for Strategic Communications Ernesto Abella made this assurance in a media interview at Malacanang after a pre-departure briefing on President Rodrigo Duterte’s official visit to South Korea from June 3 to 5 this year.

“We would like to assure them (public) that there’s a lot of very serious engagements going on,” Abella, a former Palace spokesperson, said.

Abella, however, said the government cannot grant the call of the Senate and some critics to reveal “classified details” of the diplomatic actions.

“We would like to encourage the public to trust us and rest assured that the government especially the DFA is addressing this issue,” he said.

He also ensured that cooperation on the safety of the seas, travels, fisheries and environmental concerns are being made especially with China.

“What we really wanted to underline is the safety of the sea that there will be no interruption along that line,” Abella said. PNA