JUNE 13, 2019 — The Department of Foreign Affairs already filed a diplomatic protest against China over the alleged collision of a Chinese vessel and Filipino fishing boat in the West Philippine Sea.
In a tweet responding to Senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s remark on the issue, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. said he already “fired off” the protest yesterday.
Malacañang confirmed the secretary’s move and believed it was a strong response to what it called an “outrageous, barbaric, and uncivilized” action.
“Malakas na nga ginawa natin, binanatan agad natin immediately. Hintayin natin ang resulta,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.
However, Panelo emphasized that there is still a need to confirm the details surrounding the alleged “collision” and the abandonment of the Chinese vessel’s crew members to the sinking Filipino boat.
Should the “collision” turn out to be intentional, it can be considered an aggressive act regardless of source or which country is involved.
“We will cut off diplomatic relations, ‘yan ang unang ginawa ng mga… kapag merong aggressive acts. First, magdi-diplomatic protest ka. Kung hindi ka kuntento sa paliwang nila at nakita natin na talagang sinadya, ibang usapan na ‘yun,” Panelo said.
“Our actions will always be calibrated depende sa degree. But definitely we will not allow ourselves to be assaulted, to be bullied, to be the subject of such barbaric, uncivilized, and outrageous actions from any source,” he furthered.
Diminishing of ties is also likely if the diplomatic protest does not go well, Panelo said.
“Given the steps undertaken by the President on the Canada trash issue, that’s more likely.”
However, he maintained the matter is still for the president to decide.