China protests against Sec. Lorenzana’s visit to Pag-asa Island
admin • April 24, 2017 • 3941
MANILA — China is gravely concerned over the visit to Pag-asa Island last Friday of several Philippine government officials led by National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana .
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has initially said that even before their plane landed on Pag-asa Island last Friday, they received four warnings from the Chinese forces.
However, the official said this is but normal when there are visitors that come to the island.
“Protocol yan, we also reply that we are flying over Philippine territory, so yung challenged na yan, sagutan lang yan. Wala namang untoward incident na nangyari,” Secretary Lorenzana said. (That’s protocol. We also replied that we are flying over Philippine territory. So those challenge responses are required. There has been no untoward incident.)
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang said this move runs counter to the important consensus reached between the two leaderships, President Xi Jinping and President Rodrigo Duterte. It is said that this is in line with resolving the issue in the South China Sea or West Philippine Sea.
But the Department of National Defense (DND) said it is part of the department secretary’s duty to inspect all facilities under his administration.
Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año sees no issues in these.
The official said Pag-asa Island is part of the Philippine territory where military troops are deployed.
Pag-asa Island is part of a municipality in Palawan.
The Department of Foreign Affairs maintained the department has initially stated it is the government’s duty to protect and ensure the security of Filipinos living on the island.
Meanwhile, upon visit to Pag-asa Island Secretary Lorenzana said he is not concerned over China’s reaction on the Philippine government’s move.
“Sagutan lang ng protest yan, so ganun lang muna yan, although we are managing the issues, through protests and dialogue, so wala naman sigurong mangyayarig hindi maganda,” he said. (There will be a series of protests. Although we are managing the issues, through protests and dialogue. So perhaps nothing bad will happen.) — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday announced it will be temporarily closing some of its consular offices amid increasing COVID-19 cases in the country.
In an advisory, the DFA said its Office of Consular Affairs (OCA), Consular Offices (COs) and Temporary Off-Site Passport Services (TOPS) sites will temporarily suspend operations from January 10 to 20, 2022 due to the steep rise in COVID-19 cases among their personnel.
During the temporary suspension of operations, no passport or Apostille applications will be processed or released, the DFA said.
Operations shall resume on January 21, 2022.
Kindly direct any inquiries to the Consular Office where the application was filed, the department said.
The following offices will be closed from January 10 to 20:
CO La Union (January 10-14)
CO NCR East
CO NCR North
TOPS Robinsons Novaliches
The following offices will be closed from January 12 to 20, 2022:
DFA Office of Consular Affairs in Aseana Business Park, Paranaque City
CO NCR Central
CO NCR Northeast
CO NCR South
CO NCR West
CO San Pablo
TOPS Newport Mall
TOPS Robinsons Las Pinas
TOPS Robinsons San Pedro Laguna
TOPS SM Manila
TOPS SM MOA
TOPS SM North EDSA
Affected Passport and Apostille applicants originally scheduled from January 12 to 20, 2022 at DFA Aseana are advised to refer to their new schedule of appointments posted at the DFA website.
“Please expect an email with further details about your appointment which will be sent to the email address you used when you booked your application,” the DFA said.
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