|The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) announced on April 25, that it has been conducting drills in the West Philippine Sea as part of efforts to secure “our maritime jurisdiction.” (Photo from PCG)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] MANILA: The Philippines is now prepared for a “water war” in the West Philippine Sea as the country’s coast guard plans to use a “white to white diplomacy” in the disputed territory, PH Inquirer reported. “To avert sir the water canon incident, the Coast Guard vessels will be re-provisioning the marines assigned in Ayungin [Shoal] in the Sierra Madre,” Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Vice Admiral Oscar Endona Jr. said during a Senate hearing on Tuesday.
“We are not going to use the civilian vessels for re-provisioning our marine troops in Ayungin so we’ll be using the white ships already,” Endona added. The PCG official made the remarks when Senator Richard Gordon asked how the Philippines will react should China send amphibian vessels and occupy a part of Palawan. Just last Nov. 16, Chinese Coast Guard vessels blocked and water cannoned Philippine supply boats on a resupply mission to BRP Sierra Madre in Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea.
“We’ll use white to white diplomacy,” Endona went on referring to the Philippine Coast Guard vessels. “Actually, our white ships also have a water cannon so well use it.” “Water war?” Gordon quipped to which the PCG official answered yes. Before Gordon, Senator Panfilo Lacson also inquired how the PCG would react to a possible attack in Pagasa Island.