BRP Sierra Madre mananatili sa Ayungin Shoal- AFP chief

BRP Sierra Madre mananatili sa Ayungin Shoal- AFP chief

December 6, 2021 @ 4:36 PM 10 months ago


MANILA, Philippines- Iginiit ni Lt. Gen. Andres Centino, military chief, na hindi tatanggalin ang BRP Sierra Madre (LT-57) sa Ayungin Shoal sa West Philippine Sea (WPS), nitong Linggo.

“No we are not moving LT-57 or the BRP Sierra Madre, it has been there since 1999. It is a permanent government post manned by our personnel from the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) and it is there as a haven for our fishermen who would go to the shoal. And it is used in monitoring (of) the safety at sea and it is there for us to assert our sovereign rights considering that is within our exclusive economic zone (EEZ),” pahayag niya sa CNN Philippines.

Nauna nang sabihin ng China sa gobyerno ng Pilipinas “to honor its commitment” at alisin ang naturang barko sa Ayungin.

“As far as I know there is no such commitment. That ship has been there since 1999. If there was (a) commitment it would have been removed a long time ago,” ani Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

Binigyang-diin niya na saklaw ng EEZ ng Pilipinas ang Ayungin Shoal.

Idinagdag naman ni Centino na nandoon ang barko upang siguruhin na walang foreign vessel ang makapapasok sa teritoryo.

Aniya pa, hindi nila nakikita ang posibilidad ng pag-atake sa BRP Sierra Madre sa shoal.

“We don’t see any remote possibility of (of the BRP) Sierra Madre being attacked considering it within the shoal, its shallow waters prevent the ship(s) from going in and one important thing is that we don’t really see that happening because we have open communications with the Chinese government and see that this can be resolved, I mean incidents like this can be resolved peacefully,” sabi niya.

Paliwanag ni Centino, hindi umano maituturing na armed attack ang pagbomba ng water cannon sa BRP Sierra Madre, subalit maaari umano itong ituring na “hostile”. RNT/SA