Amid PH-China tension

CALL FOR UNITY. House Minority Floor Leader Marcelino ‘Nonoy’ Libanan (4 Ps party-list group) has called on the Filipinos to rally behind Pres. Marcos Jr. amid the tension between the Philippines and China. Photo shows the two leaders in Malacanang during the signing of ‘Tatak Pinoy Act’ on Feb. 26.
(Cong.Nonoy Libanan)

ARTECHE, Eastern Samar– House Minority Floor Leader Marcelino Libanan has called on Filipinos to rally behind President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. as tensions between the Philippines and China escalate.

Rep. Libanan of the 4Ps party-list group emphasized the importance of national unity in supporting President Marcos during this critical period, regardless of political affiliations.
Libanan underscored the significance of standing together as a nation, especially in the face of China, considered the world’s second most powerful country after the United States.

“I urge all Filipinos to fully support the President,” he stated during an interview on Saturday (June 8) on the sidelines of an inauguration of an academic building at the Eastern Samar State University satellite campus in this town.

“Unity under his leadership is paramount, particularly as we, a small nation, confront the challenges posed by a formidable country like China,” Libanan added.

While President Marcos has taken a firm stance against what many perceive as bullying and harassment by China’s forces in the West Philippine Sea, he has also clarified that he does not seek to escalate tensions into potential conflict.

Additionally, Libanan voiced his support for the total closure of Philippine offshore gaming operators (Pogos) in the country.

He proposed centralizing their operations in designated hubs to prevent potential illegal activities.

“The movement of Pogo workers should be restricted to these hubs to mitigate security risks. Strict supervision of operations is important,” he added.

Despite the revenue generated by Pogos and the employment opportunities they provide, concerns over their operations persist.

The Senate is currently investigating Pogo activities, with Bamban Mayor Alice Guo at the center of scrutiny due to her alleged ties to Pogo operations in her municipality.