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Magdalo tells admin to ‘wake up’ amid reports of Chinese missiles in Spratlys

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Magdalo partylist Rep. Gary Alejano on Thursday called on the Duterte administration to “wake up from its long doze, silence and inaction” with regard to China following reports that China has installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems on three of its outposts in the South China Sea.

“The actions and continuous aggression of China in the West Philippine Sea are obviously threats to our national security. I call on the Duterte administration to wake up from its long doze, silence and inaction,” the Magnificent 7 lawmaker said.

“Let us not let China’s sweet talks of investments and loans lull us into a false sense of security. Their actions clearly belie their pronouncements. Pain lamang ito sa patibong,” he added.

Citing sources with direct knowledge of US intelligence reports, US news network CNBC reported on Wednesday that China has installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems on three of its outposts in the South China Sea.

Though unconfirmed, this was the first report of Chinese missile deployments in the Spratlys, where neighboring Southeast Asian countries including the Philippines have competing claims, along with China which claims nearly the entire sea.

“We must raise this matter in all possible forums as a grave concern not only to us, but to the whole region. The recent events also heighten the need to have a legally binding Code of Conduct as soon as possible,” Alejano said.

He said China continues to build up its military portfolio in the South China Sea despite its repeated pronouncements that it will not militarize the region.