“The Philippine Navy abides by the Rules of Engagement in the West Philippine Sea in order to prevent the escalation of tension in the area.Thus, the PN will support any pronouncement by the Department of Foreign Affairs with respect to the issue on the West Philippine Sea,” says Philippine Navy in its official Facebook page.
The statement is an answer to one inquiry, “How about installation of Chinese structure inside the EEZ? Hinuhuli din ba nila?”
PN also said they “regularly conducts maritime patrols to prevent illegal activities within the country’s EEZ such as smuggling, human trafficking and poaching. It is also committed in addressing global terrorism, transnational crimes and other maritime threats in the region.”
In an earlier report, a Navy officer said, “It would be a different story if anybody or groups will force their way into Recto Bank. We will not allow it.”