Yesterday, I inquired from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Sec. Enrique Manalo whether the DFA has the data on the magnitude of the sovereign territorial properties of the Philippines in the West Philippine Sea illegally occupied and developed by China in contumacious defiance of the arbitral decision in favor of the Philippines against the spurious claims of China.
Sec. Manalo admitted that they do not have that very important data but the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has the data.
This morning NAMRIA confirmed that it has the data but DENR refused to disclose it pending obtaining a security clearance, which Sec. Maria Antonia Loyzaga undertook to get.
It is of international and public knowledge that China has unlawfully grabbed Philippine properties in the WPS.
Filipinos are entitled to know the extent of the rapacity of China.
The magnitude of China's incursions must not be shrouded in ineptitude and secrecy.
EDCEL C. LAGMAN