January 18, 2013
MANILA, Philippines — A senator is urging the Department of Foreign Affairs to demand an explanation from the United States on its military’s alleged “questionable” incursions into Philippine territory.
“First it was a US drone. Now it’s a minesweeper,” Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan said in a statement on Friday.
Pangilinan was referring to an unarmed US areial target drone found in Masbate early this month and the recent US Navy warship that ran aground the protected Tubbataha Reef off Palawan Thursday.
“What is a minesweeper doing in our reef? Why are they moving freely over our territorial waters and airspace? What are they doing in our backyard?” the senator asked.