Davao lawmaker commends House for ‘right decision’ to reallocate confidential funds amid rising tensions in West Philippine Sea

Davao del Sur Lone District Rep. John Tracy F. Cagas has lauded the House of Representatives for its decisive action in redirecting P1.23 billion in confidential funds to bolster the capabilities of the country’s security agencies.

Cagas described this reallocation as a “strategic move of utmost importance”in light of the recent developments and escalating tensions in the West Philippine Sea.

“The House of Representatives made the right decision to allocate these funds to our security agencies. This strategic move sends a clear message that we stand ready to defend our territorial integrity and safeguard the well-being of our citizens amidst the growing challenges in the West Philippine Sea,” Cagas said.

Cagas issued the statement following another dangerous incident last Sunday when a China Coast Guard vessel engaged in provocative and dangerous blocking maneuvers that resulted in a collision with an Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)-contracted resupply boat, during a standard mission to resupply BRP Sierra Madre in Ayungin Shoal.

The Philippine Coast Guard vessel was also bumped by a Chinese Maritime Militia vessel, further aggravating the tensions in the region.

Cagas stressed the importance of readiness and vigilance in the face of these mounting tensions.

“We cannot afford to be complacent when it comes to safeguarding our sovereignty and territorial waters. The House’s reallocation of funds to our security agencies is a strong move to fortify our position,” he said.