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Bumigay na sa China? Alejano: Palace ordered AFP to stop patrolling West PH Sea

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by Xave Gregorio

Opposition lawmaker Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano claimed that the Malacañang has previously issued a directive to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to stop patrolling the West Philippine Sea.

Citing “sources,” Alejano said in a text message that “some months ago [the] Malacañang ordered the AFP to desist conducting patrol in [West Philippine Sea.]”

He said the order was “protested by the AFP because that is contrary to their mandate as the protector of the people and the State and its goal of securing the sovereignty of the State and the integrity of the national territory.”

The former Marine officer and mutineer believes the order is still in place to this day, despite the Palace and the AFP reaching an alleged compromise.

“Allegedly, a compromise was arrived to just conduct a patrol once a month, but this has been hardly followed,” Alejano said.

Politiko has approached the AFP for comment.

Philippine state media reported in May that air and maritime patrol of the West Philippine Sea was still ongoing.

Alejano’s revelations come in the heels of a GMA News TV report showing video of Chinese Coast Guard taking fish from Filipino fishermen at Ayungin Shoal.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque cast doubt on the authenticity of the video, saying it still needs to be verified, but said it could be a basis for a protest if proven true.