National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has said that the pointing of radar gun by a Chinese corvette at BRP Conrado Yap (PS39) is in a way offensive. However, the defense chief said that probably the Chinese side is just trying to see the reaction of Philippines in such situation.
“Sabi ko naman sa ating Navy at Air Force – hindi naman siguro nila papaputukan ng missile ‘yung ating mga barko at eroplano. Pero ito ay katulad lang ng kanilang ginagawa tuwing tayo ay dadaan diyan sa West Philippine Sea within our EEZ at china-challenge tayo na ang sabi eh: You are traversing Chinese territory,” the defense chief said during April 28 online briefing.
“Ang sinasagot naman ng ating barko at eroplano ay: We are traversing within our EEZ. So sagutan lang ng sagutan ang mga ‘yan. Every time na dumaan ang ating barko at eroplano ay nagkakaroon ng ganoong exchange,” he added.
“Itong latest na radar gun eh ‘di naman siguro nila gustong saktan or harm our – parang ano lang ito sinusubukan lang nila kung ano ang reaction natin,” Secretary Lorenzana said. “We have already filed a protest to the Chinese government.”