NTF on WPS meets to discuss radar gun incident, Spratly inclusion in Chinese province

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National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon said during an online briefing today, April 28 that the National Task Force on the West Philippine Sea (WPS), which he chairs, is conducting a meeting to discuss situation in WPS.

“Ngayong hapon, ako ang chairman ng National Task Force on the West Philippine Sea, magmi-meeting kami, video conference din. Aming pag-uusapan iyong mga insidente ng radar gun; iyong paglalagay ng Tsina sa Spratly at saka sa Paracels bilang distrito ng kaniyang probinsiya na atin ng ginawan ng diplomatic protest at pag-uusapan din natin iyong mga ibang developments diyan,” Esperon said.

“Linggo-linggo kung mag-meeting itong inyong National Task Force on West Philippine Sea. May paraan tulad ng ginagawa natin at mamaya mag-uusap ulit kami para mapag-usapan ang mga developments diyan sa West Philippine Sea,” he added.

Esperon also said that joint patrols with other ASEAN countries are being conducted for law enforcement. This is after he was asked about former Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio’s suggestion to conduct joint patrols with Malaysia and Vietnam in West Philippine Sea.

“Joint patrol kung pinag-uusapan natin ay halimbawa enforcement ng maritime laws on illegal and other violations in the maritime seas. Pero kung ang suggestion ni Justice Carpio ay mag-joint patrol ang military at i-confront ang puwersa ng Tsina, sa palagay ko – iyan. We must know how to use our resources – kasi kung halimbawa ka ng tig-dalawa kayong barko at iko-confront ninyo ang diyan sa South China Sea ay alam natin na masyadong – pero kung ang pagsasamahan natin ng Vietnam, Malaysia at ang ASEAN ay ang pag common – enforcement ng mga fishery and safety of life at sea ay maganda iyan at talaga namang ginagawa na natin,” Esperon said.

“Pero iyong kung ang iniisip ni Justice Carpio ay pakikipag-giyera eh iwanan na lang niya iyan sa Defense at kinikilala natin siya sa larangan hustisya, eh huwag na siyang masyadong pumapel sa pakikipag-giyera,” he added.