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Alan Cayetano defends China vessels in Pag-asa Island: Continuous yan, no cause for alarm

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Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Wednesday said the mere presence of Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island should not be a cause for alarm.

Cayetano was reacting to Magdalo Partylist Rep. Gary Alejanos’ report that Chinese vessels were spotted north of Pag-asa island.

While he did not confirm or deny Alejano’s claim, Cayetano assured the public that the situation in the disputed Pag-asa Island is “very stable”.

“I can’t confirm or deny because nga this is part of the discussion with command center but I’ll tell you continuous ‘yan. We will tell you if this is a cause for diplomatic or a military alarm,” Cayetano said in a press conference at the House of Representatives.

“So, while I can’t tell you the details, I can tell you the communication is there. There are reasons for certain presence of certain vessels, but it’s the situation in the area is very stable,” he added.

The military said it was still verifying reports of alleged Chinese activities near Pagasa Island. (PNA)