China allegedly planted its flag on Philippine territory

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MANILA, Philippines — Magdalo Party-list Representative Gary Alejano claims it has been almost a month since China planted its flag in an area seven nautical miles northeast of Kota Island.

The lawmaker has expressed grave concern after receiving new information about the matter.

Alejano said, since the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) remains mum on the said issue, China is slowly invading the territory within the Philippines’ jurisdiction.

“Allegedly erected the said 3-meter high Chinese flag on a sand cay which is known to be within a Philippine-controlled area … the report I mentioned earlier, in the Kota Island is where the flag was planted,” Alejano said.

On the other hand, the DFA said the government is in full control of the situation in the West Philippine Sea, and that Filipino authorities would never allow the grabbing of any parts of the Philippines.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said they are doing steps to resolve the matter, noting that they are just not making public the government’s strategy so that it would become effective.

“Assuming there is a flag, are there inhabitants, etc?  What we are assuring the people is we deal with it … we don’t tell you the specifics but it doesn’t mean that we are not addressing it,”said Cayetano.

On the other hand, Alejano said, “Their strategy, which is silence, is not applicable. We do not know what they are doing this is why I think it is my duty to inform the people.”

“So let me assure you that despite the lack of details that we give you we will tell you if there’s an alarming situation,” Cayetano added.

Meanwhile, the DFA allays the public’s fears over the issue, further noting that the relations between China and the Philippines under the Duterte Administration continue to improve.

“Let me assure you there are no problems in that area. If there had been a problem, it was resolved diplomatically but it is not true that there was an attempt to invade or take it from us,” Cayetano said. – Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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