THE Philippines does not want confrontation with China but will defend its territory if the situation calls for it.
This was the message of Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose L. Cuisia Jr. to the officers and crew of the country’s newest warship, the BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PF-16) on the eve of its departure for Manila.
“As you know, there are some tensions on the West Philippine Sea and this may put you in harm’s way but there is no doubt that you will perform your duty of protecting Philippine territory if needed,” Cuisia said in his remarks during his visit to the ship on Sunday.
“We do not want to seek a confrontation and we are hoping that diplomatic efforts would ease these tensions,” Cuisia said. “We are for peace and for the stability of the region but, at the same time, we are prepared to defend what is ours.”
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