PHL addressing Chinese incursions, harassment – defense secretary

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National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said during Pre-SONA 2020 Forum on July 22 that the Philippines is addressing the “recurrent incursions and harassment by military and civilian Chinese vessels.”

“The Philippine has taken diplomatic actions against China for activities against our national sovereignty; this is on top of our enhanced surveillance enforcement security and development capabilities in the area,” Secretary Lorenzana said.

He added that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) “improved its identification, detection and interdiction efforts through our newly installed Air Defense Surveillance Radars, the conduct of wider air and maritime patrols, and setting up additional detachments in strategic locations.”

“Dahil sa mga ito, masusi na nating mababantayan at namamanmanan ang kalawakan at karagatan sa ating teritoryo,” Secretary Lorenzana said.