“We will investigate on our own. We will do it our way,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said when asked regarding the reported anti-ship missile test conducted by China in West Philippine Sea.
“Sabi ni Secretary Lorenzana, we will conduct our own inquiry on that kasi wala tayong firsthand knowledge,” he added.
Panelo refused to give comment to the missile test. “We will investigate pa nga eh then we will make our official stand. We will not rely on the say-so of whatever source,” he said.
United States Department of Defense confirmed that they are aware of the missile test near Spratly Islands.
National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the Philippines will conduct investigation regarding the missile test. “We have no first-hand knowledge about this missile launch except this news report. We will conduct our own inquiry and will decide later what to do if proven correct,” he said.