“Peace” mission

Despite protests from China, a contingent of lawmakers on Wednesday proceeded with its “peace” mission to the disputed Spratly Islands, landing on what the local military commander described as the Philippines’ “unsinkable aircraft carrier.”

Flying on two chartered 15-seat planes, Representatives Walden Bello and Kaka Bag-ao (Akbayan), Teddy Brawner Baguilat (Ifugao) and Ben Evardone (Eastern Samar) landed on Pag-asa Island to assert Philippine sovereignty over the area and to urge all claimant-countries to resolve territorial disputes peacefully in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

A military plane joined the trip from Puerto Princesa.

Part of the delegation were journalists, Kalayaan Mayor Eugenio Bito-onon, Palawan Gov. Baham Mitra and the head of the military’s Western Command, Lt. Gen. Juancho Sabban.

The peace mission included R&R (rest and relaxation) for some of the visitors.

Baguilat said the delegation was not carrying cannons or bringing in jet fighters. “We’re just here as meaningful tourists,” he said in jest.

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