Press Release
August 9, 2023

Statement of Senator Risa Hontiveros on proposals to reinforce and refurbish BRP Sierra Madre
August 9, 2023

If the Philippine Navy, Armed Forces of the Philippines were to make a request na i-reinforce at refurbish natin yung BRP Sierra Madre sa Ayungin Shoal, susuportahan ko yung request na iyon. Dapat lang i-reinforce yung pinaka-presensya ng ating gobyerno at bansa diyan sa Ayungin Shoal na bahagi ng ating Exclusive Economic Zone.

At dapat lang sigurong i-refurbish alang-alang naman sa mas makataong antas ng pamumuhay ng ating kababayang Philippine Navy Marines, na literally and figuratively itinataguyod ang watawat natin doon.

As I said, if the AFP asks for funding to reinforce and refurbish the BRP Sierra Madre on Ayungin Shoal, I would support it at maglo-lobby ako sa mga kasama ko dito sa Senado na suportahan ito. Pwede namin itanong ito sa debate sa proposed budget ng DND tapos harinawa magiging mas madali nang bantayin ito at siguruhin na makapasok sa final na GAA para sa taong 2024.

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