PHL may cut ties with China if hitting of Filipino vessel intentional

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said during June 13 Palace briefing that if the collision between Chinese vessel and Filipino fishing boat in Reed Bank was intentional it is an act of aggression.

“If it is intentional, it’s an act of aggression,” Panelo said.

“[W]e will cut off diplomatic relations, ‘yan ang unang ginagawa ng mga – ‘pag mayroong mga aggressive acts. First, magdi-diplomatic protest ka; kung hindi ka kuntento sa paliwanag nila at nakita natin na talagang sinadya, eh ibang usapan iyon,” Panelo added.

“Our responses will always be calibrated, depende sa degree. But definitely, we will not allow ourselves to be assaulted, to be bullied, to be the subject of such barbaric, uncivilized and outrageous actions from any source,” he explained.

Secretary Panelo also confirmed that President Duterte already has knowledge regarding the incident.

He also said that “whether it’s a form of bullying or not, it’s outrageous, it’s barbaric, it’s uncivilized and we’re condemning it.”