DND ‘ready to respond’ to threats in disputed sea
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.