VP Binay - PHL no
pushover, will defend territories "to the last blood"
By OVP Media
April 11, 2014
MANILA – Vice
President Jejomar C. Binay said Thursday evening that the Philippines
is no "pushover" and will defend its disputed territories to the last
blood, but only after all peaceful means have been exhausted.
"Up to the last blood. I
think that must be our position. That we are ready to die up to the
"But as much as possible, we
will always resort to peaceful means," the Vice President said after
meeting some of the Marines stationed at the Ayungin Shoal detachment.
1Lt Mike C. Pelotera, TSgt
Julio Ventoza, Pfc Mario Gerlene Pajarillo, Cpl Rogelio Tabilisma,
Tsgt Joselito D. Panganiban, and Sgt Edwin Galvan, members of the "Ayungin
9," met with Binay to relate their experiences at the BRP Sierra Madre
stationed at the disputed shoal. The other members who were unable to
meet with Binay are Pfc Ryan Esteban, Sgt. Rey Sarmiento, and Cpl.
Sheffrey T. Luna.
The "Ayungin 9" were
replaced by fresh troops during the March 29 mission twice blocked by
According to Binay, the fact
that the Philippine Navy was able to send replacements to defend the
shoal sends the message that the Philippines will always assert its
The Vice President also
expressed his pride at the actions of his fellow Marines, adding that
all Filipinos should be "very proud" of their heroism. Binay is a
reserve Marine colonel.
"Kita mo naman iyong
sacrifice doon. Katulad nito five months ito na-delay pa, dapat three
months lang. Pero sabi nga, sundalo ay sundalo. Walang iyakan. I think
when they were assigned there, that was in compliance with the order,
so the order must have to be defended by all means," he said.
Binay also expressed hope
that relations between the Philippines and China will continue even
while the issue of sovereignty over the territories is being resolved.
He acknowledged that the resolution of the issue will take time.