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Tuloy ang protesta

April 30, 2023 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 485 views

“Even if we have to wallpaper Great Wall with protests”

CHINESE acts of aggression in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) should be met with indignation at every turn because not to do so would play into Beijing’s game plan that the Philippines would eventually tire out from protesting, House Deputy Speaker Ralph Recto said Sunday.

“Napakalawak ng dagat pero ayaw magpadaan. Hindi ‘yan asal ng isang nagsasabing kaibigan niya tayo. Even if we have to wallpaper the Great Wall with diplomatic protests, we should continue because once we show any sign of wavering, it normalizes China’s misbehavior inside our territory. ’Yung pag protesta natin, ng pamahalaan man o ng mamamayan, ay parang burglar alarm that goes off when it is tripped. Ang masama ay if we turn it off. Tuloy tuloy lang. We also owe it to our neighbors, who are the subject of Chinese incursions, to make noise,” Recto said.

Recto made the statement as the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reportedly plans to fire another round of diplomatic protests against Beijing following the harassment by Chinese ships of two Coast Guard patrol boats near Ayungin Shoal.

The Philippine response to these provocations, Recto said, is to continue with its sea patrols, “ang patuloy na tahimik, legal na paglalayag sa karagatang tayo ang may-ari.”

Last year, a total of 195 notes verbales on WPS incidents were filed by the DFA with the Chinese embassy.

The one filed on the second week of February, which denounced “dangerous maneuvers” of the Chinese Coast Guard in Ayungin Shoal, was the 75th “note verbale” filed under the Marcos administration.

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