AFP respects Aquino’s order to maintain status quo in West PHL Sea

“We know that this has a higher purpose and we respect whatever decision we have to make in order to ensure that we can peacefully settle this territorial dispute,” Armed Forces of the Philippines Public Affairs head Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc said commenting on the deferred rehabilitation of military facilities in Pagasa Island.

“We are known as resilient people. Our soldiers can continue performing their mandate with the current equipment and facilities that they have,” Lt. Col. Cabunoc states.

Cabunoc said re-supply operations and the logistics run including the transport of troops is not impeded.

AFP will use “naval assets to carry out this logistics run. There are also instances wherein the Naval Air Group is tasked to drop supplies when necessary.”

Without a rehabilitated airstrip, bigger aircraft will not be able to access Pagasa Island for resupply and deployment missions.

President Aquino ordered to maintain the status quo in West Philippine Sea sometime in the middle of 2014.