Senator Richard Gordon said on Thursday, Nov. 18, the President should lead in protecting the country’s troops after the Ayungin Shoal incident involving members of the Chinese Coast Guard.
“As commander-in-chief, the president should spearhead the protection of our troops and our people,” he said.
According to a report by the Western Command in Palawan, three Chinese Coast Guard vessels blocked and water cannoned our innocent countrymen who were merely tasked to help their troops.
“We strongly condemn the illegal acts committed by elements of the Chinese Coast Guard against two Philippine supply boats en route to replenish food supplies of our military personnel stationed at Ayungin Shoal,” Gordon said.
He added that the Ayungin Shoal remains part of the Philippines in its Kalayaan Island Group, as well as its exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, which the Constitution explicitly states that the country has sovereignty, sovereign rights, and jurisdiction over it.
Gordion also mentioned that he strongly supports the statement made by Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. for conveying the Philippines’ outrage, condemnation, and protest of this incident to the Chinese government.