Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr. said on Sunday, March 21, in a series of Twitter posts said that he is waiting for the “coordinates” and “order” to fire diplomatic protest.
This is after the National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea (NTF-WPS) said in a statement that “around two hundred twenty (220) Chinese Fishing Vessels (CFVs), believed to be manned by Chinese maritime militia personnel, were sighted moored in line formation at the Julian Felipe Reef (Whitsun Reef) on March 7, 2021.”
Secretary Locsin said “the NTF does not issue press releases. It is a secret group. I’m the trigger and the gun. And I’ve never responded to press releases. The refuge of nobodies.”
“Still waiting for the order to fire. I listen only to Generals; never media or an NTF press release which amounts to nothing. Only a shot from DFA counts. Waiting for the coordinates and the order to fire, Generals Esperon and Lorenzana. I fire even on a Sunday,” Locsin said in another tweet.
“Still waiting for the 2 generals but happy Coastguard dropped treasonous idea of maintaining an open line with its Chinese counterpart. I said, putangina, why, you need to clear your movements in our territorial waters? Now their command know their place. Under Tugade,” he also said.