MANILA – China’s island-building and military activities in the South China Sea are a “clear and present danger” to the Philippines’ national security, warned former National Security Adviser Roilo Golez.
In an interview on ANC’s Early Edition on Thursday, Golez said China can, at any time, deploy combat aircraft that can easily reach the Philippines and Vietnam.
Golez said a lot of people are projecting that China can deploy a squadron of fighter jets in Mischief Reef, Fiery Cross Reef, and Subi Reef, which have 3-kilometer runways that can accommodate “all the aircraft and the inventory of China.”
“The moment those runways are activated, the moment these fighter jets are deployed there…all these aircraft would have a radius that would cover the entire Philippines, Borneo, and the whole of Vietnam,” he told ANC’s Early Edition.
“That to me is a clear and present danger to our national security,” he added.