Malakanyang: DFA bahala sa pang-iinis ng China

IPINAUBAYA na ng Malakanyang sa Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)  ang pagdetermina kung bahagi ng pang-iinis ng China ang pagbabalik ng 6 na Chinese floating boats, 17 auxiliary boats at isang Chinese government ship sa Panatag Shoal.

Ang katuwiran ni Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda ay ayaw nilang umigting pa ang tensyon sa pagitan ng Manila at Beijing sa ipapalabas nilang kalatas.

“With respect to the redeployment of ships, again, like we have mentioned in the statement of Secretary Del Rosario, there will be a reevaluation. I am not in the know right now as to whether there has been a reevaluation and hence that’s the reason why we are waiting for the statement from the DFA,” ani Lacierda.

Sa kabilang dako, handa naman ang Philippine Navy na muling ibalik ang sasakyan ng Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) at BFAR kapag nagbigay na ng go signal ang Malakanyang dito.

“That’s correct. And that’s why it will be subject to a reevaluation,” aniya pa rin.

Kinukonsidera pa rin ng pamahalaan ang bagyong Dindo sa muling pagbabalik ng Philippine vessels sa Panatag Shoal.

“The weather is always a concern. Precisely what happened in Bolinao where the bancas… natanggal sa payaw ‘yung—it was a concern. Incidentally, just to inform you, we—in the search and rescue on the fishermen in Bolinao—we were able to… Secretary Voltz Gazmin informed me this morning that they were able to rescue three fishermen. But these fishermen are not related to the incident with the Hong Kong-registered vessel. But, just to let you know, these are lives which are just as important. We were able to reco[ver]… Apparently they were also stranded at sea on account of the storm and that’s the reason why it is important for us and for this government to consider the storm as one of the reasons to whether to send back the ships,” ang pahayag ni Sec. Lacierda.

Pinabulaanan naman ng Malakanyang na lumambot na sila sa desisyon nila na kapag may nakitang puwersa ng mga tsinoy sa Panatag Shoal ay agad na ibabalik ng pamahalaan ang mga sasakyang pandagat nito.

“The reason for withdrawing the vessels as mentioned by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs is primarily the weather consideration. Now, that is subject to reevaluation and we are going to ask the Secretary of Foreign Affairs or the DFA whether a reevaluation has been made and it will be done in consultation with the SFA and the President,” aniya pa rin sabay sabing “The President’s position still stands. Again,  the DFA would still have to discuss this with the President. They have not yet met. So they will be discussing it.”

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