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Mga mangingisda tumangging maging Army reservist para magbantay sa WPS

Hindi pabor ang isang grupo ng mga mangingisda sa mungkahi ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) na sanayin silang maging military reservist para magbantay sa West Philippine Sea (WPS).

“We reject being the AFP’s reserve forces against China in the WPS, as it will further put us in danger,” pahayag ni Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) vice chairperson Bobby Roldan sa isang statement.

“Why would they employ the fisherfolk as army reservists when we are not trained to be one in the first place? It is the responsibility of the country’s armed forces to defend and secure our national security and sovereignty at all times, as mandated by the Constitution,” dagdag pa niya.

Kamakailan inihayag ni AFP Chief Romeo Brawner na plano nilang magbuo ng sariling maritime militia at mag-deploy ng mas maraming maritime vessel at aircraft sa exclusive economic zone ng bansa. (IS)

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