Ex- Defense chief says Congress must order ‘national mobilization’ over ‘China’s invasion’

Published June 20, 2018, 7:29 PM

by Roel Tibay

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.”

MB FILE—Photographed through the window of a closed aircraft, an aerial view shows Pag-asa Island, part of the disputed Spratly group of islands, in the South China Sea located off the coast of western Philippines on July 20, 2011. China protested a trip made by Filipino lawmakers to disputed areas in the South China Sea to assert the claim of the Philippines. Ethan Sun, spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Manila, said the trip scheduled was ‘against the spirit’ of a code of conduct signed by claimants to the areas in 2002. The Spratlys, believed to be rich in oil, mineral and marine resources, are also claimed in whole or partly by Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan. EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA/POOL
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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.

 
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