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‘We can only afford to document Shoal incidents’ — Lacierda By Fernan J. Angeles 05/10/2012

Thursday, May 10, 2012

‘We can only afford to document Shoal incidents’ — Lacierda

By Fernan J. Angeles 05/10/2012

In what appears to be an indirect admission of the Philippine military inferiority as compared to neighboring Asian countries, a top Palace official said that the government can only afford to continue documenting developments at the disputed Panatag Shoal even in the event the standoff turns ugly.

At the regular press briefing yesterday, presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda found himself riddled with a barrage of questions from Palace reporters pressing him to give a categorical statement as to how the government would react to a long list of developments described by many as an act of bullying by China.

Pressed for reaction for the growing number of Chinese vessels that are now stationed at the disputed Panatag Shoal, Lacierda described media reports as inaccurate even as he insisted that 33 Chinese vessels which have been reported to have arrived at the contested area were just rubber boats..... MORE

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