A clear and present danger: Golez urges PH to lodge complaint vs China

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  • Former NSA Roilo Golez described China’s deployment of bombers in WPS as “a clear and present danger” to PH
  • He urged the PH government to lodge diplomatic protest vs. China
  • Golez also assailed DFA’s ‘timid’ and ‘vague’ diplomatic action

MANILA, Philippines – Former National Security Adviser Roilo Golez has urged the Philippine government to lodge a diplomatic complaint against China over the landing of long-range bombers in the disputed island in the West Philippine Sea.

On Saturday, the People’s Liberation Army admitted for the first time that it has successfully conducted take-off and landing of several bombers including the H-6K which has nuclear strike capability in an undisclosed island.

China’s military said it is part of its mission “to achieve a broader regional reach, quicker mobilization, and greater strike capabilities”.

In an interview with ANC, Golez said President Rodrigo Duterte should immediately convene the National Security Council to decide on how the situation should be handled.

“Yes, I could see that this is a clear and present danger to the Philippines and our friends in the area,” said Golez; adding the deployment of bomber is too big an escalation to be ignored.

“I strongly recommend for the Philippines finally to lodge a very strong diplomatic protest dahil masyadong matindi ang development na ito [because this is a very big development],” the former lawmaker added.

He also lambasted the Foreign Affairs’ “timid” statement that says the Philippine government will certainly take diplomatic actions, but such actions will not be publicized to avoid any drawbacks and challenges.

“Why are we so timid in the face of China’s missile and bomber diplomacy?” Golez asked. “The world is watching and our response, hat in hand, is a vague ‘diplomatic action.'”

Aside from Golez, several opposition and administration lawmakers also called on the President to take a much stronger stand against China’s action which is deemed as a serious threat to the citizens, an assault on the Constitution and a violation of several international treaties.