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Locsin: Philippines must


protest creation of China
rescue center
By: Consuelo Marquez - Reporter / @CMarquezINQ
INQUIRER.net / 01:07 PM February 02, 2019
Fiery Cross (Kagitingan) Reef in the West Philippine Sea.

Updated @ 5:12 p.m., Feb. 2, 2019


MANILA, Philippines — Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on
Saturday said the Philippines must protest China’s establishment of a maritime
rescue center on the contested Kagitingan Reef in the Spratly Islands.

In a Twitter post, Locsin said he would “not contest, but protest” the construction
of the rescue center, but preferred to do it on the floor of the United Nations
General Assembly.

“And we will. I however preferred engaging them openly on the floor of the UN
General Assembly,” Locsin said in his Twitter post.

“Not contest protest. Not even the US [United States] will contest it,” Locsin
added, as he expressed agreement with the position of Supreme Court Senior
Associate Justice Antonio Carpio.

Locsin also said he might prepare a “draft of a compulsory draft” to contest


Chinese activity on Kagitingan Reef.

“However, if we decide to contest Chinese activity I am preparing a draft of a


compulsory draft into the AFP first of media and then maybe others to send into
contested zone. We’ll see what happens and if it will be ground for something
stronger than a diplomatic protest. No loss,” Locsin said.

Asked if he had verified news of the rescue center’s creation with the Chinese
government, Locsin said: “And you expect us to believe Chinese media?”

Locsin added that the Task Force for the West Philippine Sea could verify the
Chinese construction.

“Jesus H Christ, I mean, it may be more reliable than native media but Jesus let’s
verify it responsibly. We have a Task Force for that,” he said.

On Tuesday, China’s Xinhua reported that China launched a maritime rescue


center on one of its artificial bases on the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine
Sea.

China’s Ministry of Transport opened the new center on Kagitingan Reef (Fiery
Cross Reef), which is known to Beijing as Yongshu Reef. /muf /atm
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