Golez: Palace should also summon Chinese envoy over West PH Sea militarization

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  • Ex-NSA chief Golez said the Palace should also summon the Chinese envoy
  • He made the statement after the Malacañang summoned the US envoy last week
  • Golez also earlier asked why the Philippine government Is not protesting the militarization of West PH Sea features

MANILA, Philippines – Former National Security Adviser (NSA) Roilo Golez has urged the Philippine government to also summon the Chinese ambassador over the militarization of the West Philippine Sea.

Golez made the statement after the Malacañang Palace summoned the United States envoy following the publication of “Worldwide Threat Assessment Report” by US intelligence wherein President Rodrigo Duterte was described as among the regional leaders who ‘threaten democracy and human rights’.

The former Parañaque congressman said that while he supported the move by Malacañang to clarify the US intelligence report, the same must be done also on the report of China’s militarization of disputed reefs in Spratly’s.

“But at the same time, the government should also summon the Chinese ambassador because of the militarization of Mischief Reef, which to my mind, addresses the dignity and security of the state, not just the head of state, but the state itself,” Golez was quoted by ABS-CBN News as saying in a security forum on Monday, February 26.

Why no protest?

Earlier, Golez also asked why the Philippine government is not protesting the militarization of Subi Reef.

“It is only 12 nautical miles from Pag-asa, Kalayaan Island Group, which is part of the Philippine territory under Republic Act 9522,” said Golez.

The former NSA chief was referring to an Inquirer report where satellite photos supposedly showed that at least seven reefs in the contested territory occupied by Beijing are nearing completion and have been transformed into island fortresses.

The Palace maintained it has never been ‘too soft’ in dealing with China and insisted the Philippines is ‘continuously protesting’ these activities by Bejing in ongoing bilateral negotiations.

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