DND, AFP, Palace debunks Alejano's claim: No order from Pres. Duterte stopping patrol in West Phil. Sea - The Daily Sentry

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DND, AFP, Palace debunks Alejano's claim: No order from Pres. Duterte stopping patrol in West Phil. Sea



Magadalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano | CTTO

Opposition lawmaker Magadalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano claimed that President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to stop wasting their time in guarding the disputed area in West Philippine Sea (WPS).

The claim immediately questioned and denied by the National Defense, AFP, and the MalacaƱang.

Alejano said in a press conference on Saturday that these anonymous officials of the armed forces, has raised concerns over the order which compromises the disputed water territory with China.

“I received information that the Duterte administration ordered our Armed Forces not to patrol the West Philippine Sea anymore,”

Magadalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano | CTTO

AFP patrolling in West Philippine Sea

“Isn’t that an impeachable offense already?”

Alejano added that he did not have a physical evidence to support his claim but he trusted his informant.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana denied the allegations constituted by Alejano.

"No such order was given,"

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana | CTTO
AFP Public Affairs Office Chief Col. Edgar Arevalo | CTTO


While according to AFP Public Affairs Office Chief Col. Edgar Arevalo, the claims made by Alejano might be another malicious imputation against President Duterte.

"I do not know where Cong. Alejano got that supposed instruction from the Commander-in-Chief."

"Malamang kuryenteng balita yan if not yet another malicious imputation on the President dragging the AFP in."

Arevalo also set on record that there was no such order coming from the President. 

"For the record, there is no such order coming from the Commander-in-Chief. As a matter of fact, our maritime and aerial patrols continue-contrary to such information allegedly received by the Partlylist Congressman."

Arevalo added to assure public that the military sector will continue its mandate to fulfill its duties to protect the Philippine sovereignty.
“As a matter of fact, our maritime and aerial patrols continue – contrary to such information allegedly received by the partly-list congressman.”

“Let me assure our people that your AFP continues and will continue to perform its mandate.”

“As a matter of fact, our maritime and aerial patrols continue – contrary to such information allegedly received by the partly-list congressman.”

“Let me assure our people that your AFP continues and will continue to perform its mandate.”

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque also denied the claim and said it was impossible the President Duterte had ordered the AFP to cease patrolling un the disputed area.

"That's impossible."

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Source: CNN