Provisions for the crew of BRP Sierra Madre in the Ayungin Shoal may have been affected after Chinese vessels trained water cannons on the Philippines’ resupply misson over the weekend.
President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. thus said when asked about country’s next move after the Chinese Coast Guard used water cannons on Philippine vessels en route to the watchpost in the shoal.
“Buti na lang wala namang nasaktan, walang injury ngunit magkukulang ang resupply na dinala sa Sierra Madre ngayon kaya’t kailangan natin isipin what we will do next,” Marcos said.
(It’s good that no one got injured but the resupply brought to the Sierra Madre will fall short. We need to think what to do next.)
Marcos said a command conference had been scheduled after the change of command rites of the Philippine Army as regards the “how we will respond.”
“But as you can imagine, ayokong pag-usapan ang operational aspects niyan. But, we continue to assert our sovereignty,” Marcos said.
“We continue to assert our territorial rights in the face of all of these challenges and consistent with the international law and UNCLOS especially,” he added. –NB, GMA Integrated News