The Western Command (WESCOM) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) here supports any activity that aims to raise the awareness of Filipinos about the
This is according to WESCOM Vice Admiral Alexander Lopez, who was interviewed by the Philippine News Agency (PNA) regarding plans of the “Kalayaan Atin Ito Movement!” (KAIM) to bring young people to the disputed region for a month-long patriotic voyage sometime soon.
Lopez said any advocacy to raise people’s awareness about the contested region is welcome as long as they are coordinated properly with the right agencies.
Asked if the WESCOM is bound to support the plan, the highest ranking military official in
said there was nothing wrong since the goal was to raise the awareness of the
youth regarding the Philippine-claimed area so they might also pass on what
they knew to others.
Praising the movement’s plan, Lopez however, said it could only happen if appropriate consents were requested from government institutions and authorities that and who had command of the current situation in the chain of islands.
“Nakakatuwa kasi sa pamamagitan ng kanilang ginagawang aktibidad ay marami na ang nakakaalam at concerned sa isyu ng
. Pagdating naman sa West Philippines
Sea plano nilang pagbisita sa mga isla sa Kalayaan, kailangan
dumaan muna ito sa pag-uusap para sa ibibigay na assistance ng mga sundalo para
sa kanilang magiging seguridad (It is nice because what they are doing is an
activity that enriches knowledge and concern about issues regarding the . On their plan to
visit the islands in Kalayaan, they should undergo talks and coordination for
assistance to be given to them for their safety and security),” Lopez said. West Philippines
The KAIM was organized with an aim to basically increase the awareness of the youth regarding the disputed region.
Lopez said that many young people were unaware about the
and why was the
country opting to diplomatically resolve issues that currently concern it. West Philippines
Early in August, the movement staged a summit in Puerto Princesa that was attended by 10,000 students from all colleges and universities in Palawan at the city coliseum with a goal to show “unity” for the
to the international community. West Philippines Sea