“China continues to harass our fishermen, militarize our seas and threaten our sovereignty,” Senator Bam Aquino said in a statement.
He added that “if Malacañang will not side with the Filipino people on this issue, then the Senate can take the lead in defending our country.”
“A strong and independent Senate can and should investigate all our dealings with China, especially when the rights and livelihood of our countrymen are at risk,” he said.
“If continued, this defeatist mentality will just lead to even more abuses,” Senator Aquino added.
Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano the government is “taking all diplomatic action.”
“You should look at the results, not the steps. Why do you do protest? Why do you do diplomatic action? Because you want a result. This administration is focusing on the results,” Secretary Cayetano said.
Source: http://www.bamaquino.com/sen-bam-on-the-mounting-issues-with-china/; https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/06/10/1823412/cayetano-promises-diplomatic-action-harassment-filipino-fishers