Fishers hit Lorenzana over defeatist remark on Chinese blockade
“It is frustrating and enraging at the same time, to hear a defeatist remark from our very own defense chief, when he should’ve been the one leading the defense of our territory against China,” This was the reaction of the militant fishers group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA) over Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana’s statement saying the Philippines should just stay silent on the recent Chinese blockade of Filipino-manned commercial ship passing through the Scarborough Shoal.
In a statement, PAMALAKAYA National Chairman Fernando Hicap slated Mr. Lorenzana for being complacent on the antagonistic approach of Chinese personnel, whom appeared to be Chinese Navy, towards the Filipinos who were just exercising right to innocent passage in the Philippine territory.
“Why would Secretary Lorenzana ignore the issue that concerns our national security and most of all, the right to passage of every Filipinos and right to freedom of navigation in our own territory? His approach reflects how the entire policy of the government in the issue of sea row is; letting a clear Chinese bullying of Filipinos and Filipino-manned ships to slip away to avoid direct confrontation with China,” added Hicap.
On the other hand, PAMALAKAYA commended the bravery of the ship captain and its crew who decisively asserted their navigational rights in Scarborough Shoal.
“Such courage showed by the Filipinos in that commercial vessel was the thing that our security and defense officials do not possess,” ended Hicap. ###