Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana said during the #LagingHandaPH Press Briefing on February 9 that more naval assets will be deployed in West Philippine Sea.
“Iyong pronouncement ng China na their Coast Guard can open fire to people intruding into their territory, it’s very alarming po iyan,” Lieutenant General Sobejana said.
“I should say it’s a very irresponsible statement dahil ang ating mga kababayan ay hindi naman pumunta sa lugar na iyan sa disputed area para makikipaggiyera kung hindi naghahanapbuhay,” he explained.
“So, ang gagawin natin as part of our mandate to secure the people, increase po natin iyong ating visibility through the deployment of more naval asset,” he said.
However, he noted that “our Navy presence there is not to wage war against China but to secure our people.”