‘No sighting’ of China testing missiles in West PH Sea, says WesCom


Posted at Jul 04 2019 09:55 PM

MANILA—The Western Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines said there is no sighting of anti-ship ballistic missile test in the South China Sea, following reports of a recent Chinese missile launch in the area.

"WESCOM is continuously monitoring our area of responsibility, especially in the West Philippine Sea, and conducts regular maritime and sovereignty patrol missions incessantly to sustain our presence in the 9 PH-held island detachments," the AFP said in a statement.

The Pentagon on Tuesday said China's missile launch near the Spratly (Kalayaan) Islands was "disturbing" and contrary to pledges that Beijing would not militarize the disputed waterway. 

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana earlier said the government will investigate said reports.

"We have no firsthand knowledge about this missile launch," Lorenzana said in a text message to reporters. 

"We will conduct our own inquiry and will decide later what to do if proven correct."