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Redeployment of vessels to be reviewed — Palace By Fernan J. Angeles and Mario J. Mallari 06/18/2012 Malacañang see

Monday, June 18, 2012

Redeployment of vessels to be reviewed — Palace

By Fernan J. Angeles and Mario J. Mallari
06/18/2012

Malacañang seems to have found a convenient face-saving alibi in tropical storm Butchoy in pulling out government vessels from the Scarborough Shoal to end a lengthy naval confrontation with China over both countries’ territorial dispute, with President Aquino’s deputy spokesman Abigail Valte saying yesterday that the Aquino administration is now re-evaluating its options on redeployment of the vessels.

The Palace, which has consistently maintained its confrontational stance against China, cited bad weather as the only reason to pull out government vessels from the contested shoal off Zambales Province despite the Chinese vessels having remained even at the height of the weather disturbance.

Valte cited a “re-evaluation” of the government options whether or not to deploy the Philippine government ships back in the Scarborough Shoal, now that the weather at the disputed area has improved..... MORE

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