DND ‘ready to re­spond’ to threats in dis­puted sea

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - NEWS - —EDWINO. FER­NAN­DEZ —JULIE M. AURELIO

Malacañang on Mon­day said the gov­ern­ment was pre­pared to “re­spond ac­cord­ingly” should any threat arise from the in­creased pres­ence of Chi­nese fish­ing ves­sels in dis­puted wa­ters in the South China Sea. But the Palace re­fused to spec­u­late on the re­port of Asia Mar­itime Trans­parency Ini­tia­tive, which noted a sub­stan­tial in­crease in the num­ber of Chi­nese fish­ing boats at Philip­pine-claimed Subi (Zamora) and Mis­chief (Pan­gani­ban) reefs. “I am sure who­ever is au­tho­rized to over­see that area will know what to do if they feel there’s a se­cu­rity threat,” pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son Sal­vador Panelo said at a press brief­ing. He said he ex­pected the De­part­ment of Na­tional De­fense (DND) to look into the re­ported in­crease in the pres­ence of Chi­nese fish­ing ves­sels in the dis­puted ar­eas.

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