Saturday, September 22, 2018

Barrita: Raising Philippine flag on Pag-asa island

PRESIDENT Rody Duterte has expressed his intention to visit Pag-asa island in the disputed South China Sea and raise the Philippine flag there on Independence Day, June 12.

Well, he now sounds aggressive in pursuing the country’s claim over our side of the South China Sea.

But before you shout, “Long live President Rody!” check first whether he was only joking.


During the campaign for the presidency, he promised to ride on a jet ski to the Spratlys and plant the Philippine flag there.

He said, “I will ride on a jet ski. I will carry a flag and when I reach Spratlys, I will erect the Filipino flag. I will tell them (Chinese), suntukan o barilan?”

President Duterte is a man of his words, the New York Times said in an editorial. The presidential jet ski should be ready by now.


The president also ordered the military to occupy the Philippine islands in the disputed South China Sea, a move that has gained the support of Senators Gringo Honasan, Tito Sotto and Panfilo Lacson.

“There is nothing illegal, immoral, unconstitutional or wrong with planting, raising the Philippine flag on Philippine territory, and our elected President visiting any part of the Philippines,” said Honasan, Senate national defense and security committee chair.

“And if necessary, ‘ang mamatay ng dahil sa ‘yo,’” he said. No, no, no. That’s not necessary.


Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano said President Rody was 40 years too late in sending troops to unoccupied South China Sea islands and reefs claimed by the Philippines.

“There are no more islands in South China Sea to occupy unless we grab islands from Vietnam and China and run the risk of a shooting war,” Alejano said.

Now, this one is a joke. How could President Rody be late when he was not the president 40 years ago?”