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President says Philippines will respond to attacks by China

# President Ferdinand Marcos says the Philippines will not be “cowed into silence” by China after confrontations in the South China Sea that injured Filipino troops and damaged vessels. He said the Philippines would respond with a countermeasure package that is proportionate, deliberate, and reasonable in the face of the open, unabating, and illegal, coercive, aggressive, and dangerous attacks. Marcos’s remarks followed the latest clashes in the disputed waterway, during which the China Coast Guard fired water cannons at a Philippine vessel carrying supplies for troops garrisoned on a remote reef.