By Mario Casayuran
Senator Richard J. Gordon has expressed doubts on the reliability of China as an ally of the Philippines after Chinese coast guards reportedly confiscated the catch of Filipino fishermen in the Scarborough (Panatag) Shoal off Zambales recently.
Speaking earlier Thursday, Gordon said: “Alliances are best seen by the actions of a people. You are not a reliable ally. Hindi dapat pakialaman ’yan; you are unfriendly. Hindi ko talaga nagustuhan na, kahit hindi kinuha ang mga isda, naghahanapbuhay yung tao, bakit mo pakikialaman? Hindi naman threat yan. (Fishermen should be left alone; it’s unfriendly. That’s unacceptable to me, even if they don’t confiscate the fish, what’s the interference all about? Fishermen are not at threat.)
Gordon, a member of the Senate majority bloc, said the Philippines should have the resolve to tell China that it would not be bullied, adding that China should be reminded that, at the very least, the ownership of the area is still being disputed.
“We cannot go just meekly by. Dapat umabot sa kanila (China) ’yan (The incident should reach the Chinese leadership),” he added.