Para magkaalaman na! Alejano dares Cayetano to visit PH island ‘lost’ to China

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By Xave Gregorio

Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano dared Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano to go to Sandy Cay, the Philippine island which allegedly “has been in positive control of China since last year.”

“If Secretary Cayetano has strong belief that indeed we still control Sandy Cay, I challenge him for us to go there together with members of the media as witnesses. If we are not harassed or shooed away by the Chinese Coast Guard or the People’s Liberation Army Navy, then I will believe him,” Alejano said in a statement.

The opposition lawmaker countered Cayetano’s accusation that he is spreading fake news, saying the former senator-turned Foreign Affairs secretary has a “history” of lying to the public.

“Secretary Cayetano should take note that I have wide intelligence network even in his own department. Ayusin niya ang script niya,” Alejano said.

“All the information on the West Philippine Sea that I have revealed so far in the public were later either confirmed by events on the ground or by independent monitoring of various concerned organizations. I do not invent stories,” he said further.

Alejano, a former Marine officer, previously said that Sandy Cay has been in effective control of China since August 2017 – a claim belied by Cayetano, saying he would resign if this is proven true.

Sandy Cay is part of the Pag-asa Islands and forms part of Philippine territory under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

The opposition solon also recently claimed that the Malacañang ordered last year a halt to patrols at the West Philippine Sea, which has also been denied by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

The former mutineer, however, stood by his allegations.

“I am 100 percent sure on the information I received. It was relayed to me personally by a source which has the authority to say that,” he said.

“We expect the Duterte administration to always deny precisely because it is their policy to conceal from the public what the real situation is in the West Philippine Sea. I took upon myself the responsibility to let the public know because what is being assured by the government is different from the reality,” he said.