Prelate: Xmas convoy 'peaceful way' to support troops, fishers in WPS

By Ferdinand Patinio

December 6, 2023, 4:56 pm

<p>Taytay Apostolic Vicar Bishop Broderick Pabillo <em>(File photo)</em></p>

Taytay Apostolic Vicar Bishop Broderick Pabillo (File photo)

MANILA – The Apostolic Vicar of Taytay, Palawan on Wednesday supported the "Christmas convoy" organized by a civilian organization that would sail to bring holiday cheers to some Philippine-controlled areas in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

“The purpose of the convoy is laudable. It is a peaceful way to support our military officers and our fisherfolks as they defend our territorial waters. The convoy will bring gifts and good cheers to them as a way of showing support for them. It is a peaceful activity within our own territorial waters," Taytay Apostolic Vicar Bishop Broderick Pabillo said in a statement.

Pabillo, meanwhile, thanked those who supported this initiative by sending them their gifts and hoped that activity would "bring good cheers to all”.

The coalition is only expected to visit Patag Island, Lawak Island and Pag-asa Island.

Pabillo also said the "Atin Ito Coalition" has chosen a meaningful day to begin their three-day Christmas caravan on Dec. 10, which also marks International Human Rights Day.

The convoy is reportedly composed of one main ship and 40 smaller boats, to be accompanied by vessels from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

The National Security Council earlier allowed the civilian convoy to sail in the vicinity of Ayungin Shoal but not directly to the Philippine Navy ship BRP Sierra Madre due to security reasons. (PNA)