With the West Philippine Sea being an area of contention, Senator Richard J. Gordon said the country should be prepared for all possibilities that may develop.
And for that, he pointed out, there is a need for the National Security Council to meet regularly and assess the possibilities, along with a think-tank composed of experts on foreign policy and defense.
“We have to think of all the possibilities in a situation where there is always claims and counter-claims. All these scenarios must be assessed by the National Security Council and a think-tank composed of experts on foreign policy and defense,” Gordon said.
“Alam naman natin na there is always contention in that area, kaya dapat nakahanda tayo kung ano ang mangyayari diyan,” he added.
Gordon’s pronouncement was prompted by the incident last June 9 wherein a Chinese fishing vessel abandoned the crew of a Filipino fishing boat that sank after it was rammed by their vessel near Recto Bank.
He also suggested earlier that the Department of Foreign Affairs or the Department of National Defense should be the ones to give statements on the incident to prevent President Rodrigo Duterte from being painted into a corner.
CHINA IS ARROGANT – GORDON
Senator Richard J. Gordon described as arrogance China’s attitude of not caring for laws that back up the Philippines’ claims over the West Philippine Sea.
“The law is all on our side. Lahat – Exclusive Economic Zone, Constitution, Arbitral ruling, the UNCLOS, they are all on our side. But China doesn’t care. They are arrogant. Nagugulat nga ako ngayon ko lang nakita ang China na ganyan. I thought I was a friend of China pero makikita ko ngayon arogante kayoBecause it’s the South China Sea, amin iyan, wala kayong pakialam diyan. Hindi pwede iyon,” Gordon said in a television interview.
“Sinasabi ko sa Chinese, we have been friends since kopong-kopong pa, wala pa iyong Kastila rito. Bakit kayo nagggagawa ng ganyan? Are you really our friend? Tinutulak-tulak niyo kami. Binabangga niyo kami,” he added.
Gordon also noted that if China lives in a world order of civility, they will take responsibility by giving the names and let the Philippines investigate them.
“Hindi mo ba pwede sabihin, magpapadala kami ng danyos perwisyos, papalitan namin yung boat, at itong mga taong ito, I can assure you papakita ko ang pangalan, lilitisin namin iyan bago namin sintensyahan. Kung kapitbahay ka, pagbigyan mo naman ako dahil ang mga tao ko gusto rin ng hustisya, sabihin mo na kung ano ang nangyari. Sobra kayo. Kung halimbawa magkagulo, eh kung may namatay doon, nagkaroon ng riots dito? Gulo iyan. In Indonesia they had Chinese riots,” he added.