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Alejano warns Duterte: Don’t fall for China’s sweet talks, pain lang ‘yan sa patibong

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Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano has expressed alarm over China’s reported installation of missiles in the West Philippine Sea.

The politiko said China’s actions only shows its continuous aggression that threatens the Philippines’ national security.

“China continues to build up its military portfolio in the South China Sea despite its repeated pronouncements that it will not militarize the region,” Alejano said in a statement.

“The actions and continuous aggression of China in the West Philippine Sea are obviously threats to our national security,” he added.

American news network CNBC earlier reported that China has installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems on three reefs in the West Philippine Sea.

With this development, Alejano again called on President Duterte to be vigilant and not to fall for China’s “sweet talks of investments and loans,” which he said “lull us into a false sense of security.”

“Their actions clearly belie their pronouncements. Pain lamang ito sa patibong,” he stressed.

“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,” he added.