Statement of Rep. Gutierrez on the China lighthouse in the West Philippine Sea

Patuloy ang panghihimasok ng China sa ating teritoryo. Ang pagsisindi ng ilaw sa lighthouse sa West Philippine Sea ay isang simbolo ng intensyon nilang angkinin ang dagat na nagbibigay ng kabuhayan para sa ating mga mangingisda at nagbibigay ng pagkain sa ating lahat, taliwas sa sinabi nilang hangad na kapayapaan. Huwag nating pabayaan na madala tayo sa takot at gutumin sa sarili nating bayan. Suportahan natin si Mar na naninindigan na atin ang mga inaangkin ng China at handang lumaban para sa bayan. Hinahamon namin ang ibang mga kandidato na hindi kayang panindigan kung ano ang atin na lumabas, manindigan, at magsalita—hanggang saan kayo yuyuko para sa China? Para sa isang tunay na pinuno, kailangang isantabi ang pamumulitika kapag soberanya na ang usapan.

[English]
China continues to encroach on our territory. The lighting of the lighthouse is a clear symbol of their intention to permanently claim the sea that gives our fishermen livelihood and gives food to our countrymen, contrary to their claims of peaceful intentions. We should not allow ourselves to give in to fear and be starved in our own land. Let’s support Mar who stood by what is ours and is ready to fight for our country. We challenge the other candidates, who have not stood up for what is ours, to come out, make a stand, and speak out—how low will you bow for China? For a true leader, politics takes a backstep when sovereignty is being discussed.###

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