Gringo cautions Palace about suing Coast Guard

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MANILA -- Re-elected Sen. Gregorio Honasan on Wednesday said the Aquino administration should be very careful in dealing with the alleged recommendation of the National Bureau of Investigation to charge members of the Coast Guard for the killing of a Taiwanese fishermen.



Speaking to reporters during the 115th Independence Day celebration at the Pinaglabanan Shrine, Honasan said filing charges against Coast Guard personnel who killed a Taiwanese fisherman in Balintang Channel could demoralize the PCG.


He said it is clear that the Taiwanese were poaching on Philippine territory.


The senator also urged Malacañang to make clear its policy towards China and Taiwan, particularly on the issue of territorial rights.


He also called for a review of the RP-US Mutual Defense Treaty, saying the United States does not seem to be helping the country in its territorial dispute with China.


Honasan and San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez led the 115th Independence Day celebration at the Pinaglabanan Shrine. Both Honasan and Gomez led the flag-raising ceremony, offered flowers and lit the flame at the Pinaglaban monument.


In his speech, Honasan said that, just as Filipinos made sacrifices to gain independence, Filipinos now should make sacrifices for the sake of long term peace, unity and national progress.


Honasan and Senator-elect JV Ejercito said that they will be members of a constructive opposition in the Senate, one that will fiscalize policies when needed.

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