DFA to file protest over China’s alleged firing of warning flares in W. PHL Sea after NICA confirmation

(Eagle News) — The Department of Foreign Affairs will file a diplomatic protest over China’s alleged firing of warning flares at Philippine military aircraft flying over the West Philippine Sea once the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency confirms the report.

“When NICA confirms I fire protest,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said in a Tweet in response to a GMA News Online reporter’s question.

According to Locsin, “we can trust only the Armed Forces to tell the truth.”

It was the AFP who said in a report that China fired warning flares against Philippine military aircraft for six times in February.

Maj. Gen. Reuben Basiao, deputy chief of staff for intelligence of the military, said in a security briefing to lawmakers that the flares were meant to warn Filipino pilots to stay away from the waters, which are also being claimed by China.