Marcos says maritime incidents involving military chief ‘worrisome’

December 22, 2023 - 10:23 AM
Ferdinand Marcos Jr. President of the Philippines speaks at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in San Francisco, California, U.S., November 15, 2023. (Reuters/Carlos Barria)

 Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr on Thursday described as “worrisome” recent maritime incidents in the South China Sea which involved his military chief, as he reiterated his country will continue to assert its rights under international law.

In a speech during the military’s anniversary, Marcos urged the armed forces to enhance existing alliances and partnerships with their foreign counterparts.

— Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales and Karen Lema; Editing by Kanupriya Kapoor