By Jel Santos
Former Defense secretary Norberto Gonzales on Wednesday urged the Congress to push for “National Mobilization” because of what he deems as “China’s Invasion.”
Gonzales is the former Defense secretary of then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from July 2, 2007 to August 7, 2007.
In May, Malacañang expressed “serious concerns” over the presence China’s bombers in the disputed West Philippine Sea. But it said that such is not being considered by the government as a threat to national security.
Reports said that China’s airforce allegedly deployed nuclear-capable bombers on the islands on West Philippine Sea.
“There is one law that exists— the National Mobilization—that’s why I am hammering on that. Nandiyan ‘yan, eh,” he said during a forum at Club Filipino in San Juan City.
“The idea that you are offering yourself for the defense of your country has an enormous impact on you and in the nation. ‘Yang ang nawawala sa atin. We have to do something about this,” Gonzales reiterated.
When the Congress orders “National Mobilization,” the Armed Forces will train the “300, 000 reserve force.” Gonzales said this number will gradually grow during this time when “Filipino’s love for their country is being questioned.”
He said it is better to be always prepared.
“We have a reserve force of 300,000. We call them for duty. We must expand,” he said.
The former Defense secretary said, “China’s Invasion” is at “50-50”, but such can be changed depending on the action that will be taken.
“We have a crisis. 50-50 ang invasion ng China. It depends on our action [para] mababago ang 50-50 na ‘yan,” he said.
He said that current situation of the country is “a golden opportunity” to show patriotism and nationalism as “China threatens us.”
He said the alleged stealing of fishes from Filipino fishermen is “indicative” that China regards the West Philippine Sea as their own.