Senator wants US explanation on Tubbataha Reef incident


Senate agriculture committee chairman Senator Francis Pangilinan

MANILA, Philippines — A senator is urging the Department of Foreign Affairs to demand an explanation from the United States on its military’s alleged “questionable” incursions into Philippine territory.

“First it was a US drone. Now it’s a minesweeper,” Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan said in a statement on Friday.

Pangilinan was referring to an unarmed US areial target drone  found in Masbate early this month and the recent US Navy warship that ran aground the protected Tubbataha Reef off Palawan Thursday.

“What is a minesweeper doing in our reef? Why are they moving freely over our territorial waters and airspace? What are they doing in our backyard?” the senator asked.

“These are disturbing incidents requiring answers. The Department of Foreign Affairs must ask the United States government to explain,” he said.

Pangilinan noted that the US government was “sketchy” providing answers in both incidents.

“Friends and allies must exercise good faith by coming clean,” the senator added.

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  • Concerned Citizen

    Another pro-china senator is out making a big issue about the reef incident while being very quiet about the bigger problem of China wanting to reduce our EEZ to only 50miles.  These senators do not even seem to see China’s actions and intentions to be a problem.  The CCP’s earlier statement that they will try to solve China’s territorial dispute with the Philippines through their “friends” in the Philippine Senate is turning out to be true.   Mga bwiset!!!

  • Concerned Citizen

    Dapat siguro magrecite ng Panatang Makabayan at kumanta ng Pambansang Awit ng at least 3 beses sa isang araw sa Senado.  The senators who should be at the forefront of protecting national interest seem to be doing the opposite, making China’s position in the dispute stronger and the Philippine position weaker.  

  • To_Be_Continued

    Kiko, papapel ka lang wala pa sa lugar. Why the he_ck did you not make the same soundbytes when the hegemonist chinese occupied and cotinues to occupy spratley and the tanapag shoal? The US warship’s entry in our territory andits  destination in Olongapo was well published days ahead.  Just to grab news air time and space, eeksena ka?!?!

    Huwag mo naman kaming gaguhin…baka bweltahan ka namin sa eleksiyon

    • Xian

      wow dami mong hawak na botante? lol

  • DakuAkongUtin

     Ayan  na , mag leleak yan ng oil . Consider na wasak na ang Tubbahata
    Reef. This is a  pristine breeding ground for fish and wildlife in the
    Sulu Sea, nagsuspply ito ng mga isda sa Visayas at Mindanao for human
    Putang ina kayong mga US navy  !  Putang ina kayong mga
    taga gobyernong Tagalegleg sa Maynila for allowing these white and Negro
    trash to shzt these rich marine sanctuary. Ang kabuhayan ng mga isda at
    supply of fish for Visayas at Mindanao is now being threatened.
    you DFA Del Rosario at mga tagalegs for allowing these US Navy to shzt
    our inland waters just bec of Chinese rise as a global power. Ngayon
    patuloy ang pag chupapa ninyo sa mga puti na yan. Dios Ko santisima
    Maria !

    • Touch_Me_Nuts

      Don’t worry, AFPako! China is now surrounded, and soon China will run out of Chinese food and chopsticks. Hehehe Eventually, China’s option is to fire a few missiles here and there out of desperation, and perhaps join NoKor in the pariah den and enjoy the guessing game. hehehe

  • boybakal

    Kiko Pangilinan is urging the Department of Foreign Affairs to demand an explanation from the United States on its military’s alleged incursion.

    Why don’t you initiate an investigation about the incident, Mr. Senator.
    Ang galing mong mag utos, eh senador ka lang.

    Remember too that there are Open Sea Lane, Open Air Space, there are international sea route and international air space.
    Kung bakit nandoon sa ating territory….Napadpad.
    Self explanatory.

    • Xian

      Malamang kelangan nyang iutos sa DFA kase Senator nga sya and not an authorized agency of the govt to seek explanation at kahit sya ang mag initiate ng investigation idadaan pa rin yan sa DFA! dapat lang na idaan through proper channels.. Do you really understand what you’re talking about? The Tubbataha Reef area is a protected marine sanctuary, any vessel commercial or otherwise, who would like to pass by the area should get a permit first to ensure the safety of the sanctuary.. That’s the issue here! The Open Sea Labe abd Airspace does not give anyone the right to navigate freely..

  • Joe Kano

    Senator is free to make a fool of himself.

  • Xian

    Simple lang naman gustong mangyari eh. Sagutin lang kung bakit sila nagawi sa area na yun without letting any govt agency know why and what caused the accident. If may hinahabol silang Chinese submarine dont you think we should be informed about it? Di naman pedeng may isang fleet na pala ng Chinese submarine na naka abang sa ilalim ng karagatan ng Pilipinas eh di pa rin ipapaalam sa bansang concerned.. ano to playing hero? 

    A little transparency on the situation will help the Philippines prepare for the worst against these Chinese invaders!

  • 100% freedom of navigation

    Makes me wonder if we need to improve our diplomatic skills in dealing with one of our most important allies.

    • Touch_Me_Nuts

      You’re right on target.  Here’s a typical Filipino trait especially among the educated, and the not-so educated: Filipinos know how to talk but not how to talk well and at the right time.  Crap talk is the soup du jour! Hehehe Just observe the people in Congress, the president, and the PH press. And listen to our radio and TV talk shows, there’s too much garbage floating around. Too much garbage is inherited by our children.

  • NaUnsa

    They need to send a professional stalker to sneak in and find out what the remaining crews are really doing there, before they will damage the whole ecosystem and poison our fish. I’m hoping this is not one of their false flag operations design to develop famine in the Philippines. What do you think?

  • joboni96

    sen pangilinan
    kung ginagawa ba ng mga senador
    ang trabaho ninyo

    di wala sanang ganito

    ang tagal mo na dyan
    di mo pa napalakas ang
    1. soberenya natin
    2. depensa natin

    trabaho na


    mapapahamak tayo sa kabastosan at kabobohan ng u.s. navy

    • Joe Kano

      joboni96 for president!

      just kidding.

      maybe for village idiot.

      • joboni96

        matsing cia pa rin

      • Joe Kano

         lasing ka na ba?

      • joboni96

        ang pagsira ng barko ng imperyalistang navy sa tubbataha
        ay singtulad ng pagsira ng imperyalistang u.s. sa bayan nating pilipinas

        u.s. – kastila war 1898
        pilipino – u.s. war 1899-1912 1+ million pilipinos died
        u.s. – japan war ww2 nasira pilipinas, 1 million pilipinos died
        u.s. – korea war 1950-1953 100+ pilipino casualties
        u.s. – vietnam war 1960s-70s used philippines as staging area, pilipino casualties
        u.s. – tsina war 20?? modern weapons will result in higher casualties

        hindi pa kasama dyan ang mga kinulimbat nilang
        gold at ibang mahalagang metal
        pag kalbo sa kabundukan kaya tayo binabaha ngayon
        parity rights na ginamit pang darambong
        etc etc

        ang agenda ng imperyalista
        gawing base ang bayan natin na naman
        sa gerra nila sa pinagkakautangang intsik switik

        na tayo na naman ang tatamaan
        habang sitting pretty sila unscathed
        thousands of miles away

        ang barkong ito ay another imperialist psywar operation
        to break down pilipino resistance to recolonization
        the recovered drone was another similar psywar operation of the imperialist
        yung sa scarborough, tonkin gulf incident style pakana din nila


        ng hindi gawing bases ang bayan natin ng imperyalistang u.s.
        sa napipintong gerra nila kontra hegemonistang intsik

        magpalakas ng pro pilipino defense
        kasama mga kapit bayan natin
        para pigilin ang intsik switik sea grabbing

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