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Drilon urges Senate to take a stand on China’s invasion of PH territories

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The Senate should take a stand on the creeping invasion of Philippine territory in the South China Sea by China – an issue that poses a challenge to the new leadership of the Senate, said Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon.

“I condemn the continuous violation of the arbitration award, of the international rules,” Drilon said in an interview over radio station DZBB on Sunday.

“We must condemn this creeping invasion of our territory and sovereignty,” he stressed.

Drilon expressed alarm as Chinese bomber planes reportedly landed on an island in the South China Sea.

He warned that if this concern is not addressed, there may come a time when people will start thinking if China is also meddling in the country’s election at the rate things are going.

Only a few weeks ago, reports came out about China’s deployment of missiles on some parts of Spratly Island, Drilon noted.

“We must continue to assert our sovereignty over Spratlys,” he said.

Drilon added that the new leadership of the Senate should be able to assert the Upper Chamber’s role as “a foreign policy partner of the President.”

“This is a challenge to the new leadership – we must assert the Senate’s role in foreign relations,” he said.

“We should assert our sovereignty, not by waging a war against China – we cannot do that – but in other fora we should be able to continue our campaign in order that we can retrieve those islands that have been occupied by China,” Drlion said.#