Nat'l Defense Chief blames previous administration of Aquino on 'mismanaged' West PHL Sea dispute - The Daily Sentry

Monday, June 11, 2018

Nat'l Defense Chief blames previous administration of Aquino on 'mismanaged' West PHL Sea dispute

Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III | CTTO

It was the 'mismanagement' of the previous administration of Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III that caused the issue triggered more tension on the disputed water in West Philippine Sea between the Philippines and China.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana blamed former President Aquino for the mishandling on the issue and President Rodrigo Duterte is now doing very well in restoring Philippine ties with China.

"We have managed it very well through the President's leadership. Hindi mismanaged 'yon. Ang nag-mismanage 'yung previous administration dahil nagkagulo-gulo rito,"

Lorenzana said in an ambush interview at the Department of National Defense in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City that when Duterte assumed office in June 2016, there was tension between Beijing and Manila, and that trade with China had stopped.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana | CTTO

"The handling is, tingnan niyo ha, anong nadatanan ni Presidente namin, nung pumasok kami ni Presidente? Ha? Kasi nga medyo mainit 'yung kwan noon eh, nong nadatnan natin. Wala tayong trade with China. 'Yung ating mga product natin hindi nila binibili."

He also added that Filipinos are stopped to fish at the Scarborough Shoal, while Chinese tourists reject to visit the country.

"Walang tourist na pumupunta rito. Hindi tayo nakakapangisda doon sa Scarborough Shoal. 'Yung ating mga tropa hina-harass nila."

"Ngayon, we sell our bananas there; they buy all our bananas. Tourist nila dito nag-doble. We can fish there sa Scarborough and 'yung ating mga tropa hindi na hina-harass, except 'yung very isolated incident 'yung sa Ayungin. So is that mismanagement?"

Photo for presentation purposes only | CTTO

Photo for presentation purposes only | CTTO

President Duterte administration is facing criticisms for not responding and not giving enough action on the dispute. But Pres. Duterte blamed his predecessor, Aquino and the United States (US) for failing to stop China's reclamation and militarization in the disputed West Philippine Sea.

While Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque clarified that Duterte was not pointing the issue but only making a point that we have to live with the reality that the problem with the China's reclamation and militarization activities in the disputed waterway has been existing when he took over the leadership.

China's reclamation activities in disputed area | CTTO

A Filipino soldier patrols in the South China Sea | CTTO
Lorenzana also maintained that Pres. Duterte never ordered to stop guarding om the West Philippine Sea as confidently claimed by Opposition lawmaker Magadalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano.

"Hindi niya ginawa yun. He did not even hint that we stop patrolling. Regular tayo dyan, yung eroplano natin basta hindi masama ang panahon umiikot yan."


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Source: GMA