The Department of Defense (DND) has defended the recent pronouncement of President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III branding China as “Hitler” for bullying other countries on its territorial claims on West Philippine sea.
Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said the President just did the right thing so that other countries will join calls to stop the aggressive acts of China against those countries claiming areas in the West Philippine sea.
Gazmin revealed the Philippines has been harassed by China and it must protect its national interest in particular our freedom of navigation.
“We believe that in opposing aggressive and expansionist behavior, the Philippines is not only serving its national interests, but also serving the region’s as well, including all states which have a stake in freedom of navigation and clear territorial rights as defined under the principles of UNCLOS,” Gazmin said.
He hoped other countries will join the Philippines in fighting the aggressive actions of China with regards to the territorial claims on West Philippine sea.
Earlier, the Chinese government has expressed displeasure on the Hitler statement of Aquino III, comparing China to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, for bullying other countries on their territorial claims in the West Philippine sea.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Aquino’s comparison of China to the World War II Nazi leader disappointed them, saying it was “outrageous” and “unreasonable.”
Hong added that there is no truth to the claims by Aquino since it is the Philippines who is trying to claim the islands within the South China Sea.
“China is a country which resolutely upholds international justice and made huge sacrifices for victory during the global anti-fascist war and a historical contribution which cannot be obliterated,” Hong said.
Chinese media was first to criticize the Philippines for branding China as “Hitler.” The Philippine government, for its part, said the statement by Aquino has been “taken out of context.”