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CHINA BLOCKING PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD PATROLS IN WEST PHILIPPINE SEA

Philippines files another protest

By ROGER M. BALANZA

Conducting maritime patrols in the Philippine territory West Philippine Sea is getting more dangerous for the Philippine Coast Guard, with the Chinese Coast Guard “shadowing and blocking” their path.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said it has protested the “shadowing, blocking, dangerous maneuver” and radio warnings by the Chinese Coast Guard on Philippine Coast Guard ships.

The DFA said the harassment and radio challenges by the Chinese Coast Guard happened while the Philippine Coast Guard ships were conducting maritime patrols and training exercises in the area from April 24 to 25.

In a statement on Monday, the DFA said that “it has also protested the incessant, illegal, prolonged and increasing presence of Chinese fishing vessels and maritime militia vessels in Philippine maritime zones.”

Philippine maritime law enforcement agencies observed continued unauthorized presence of hundreds of Chinese ships around Pag-asa (Thitu) Island, Zamora (Subi) Reef, Panata (Lankiam) and Kota (Loaita) Islands, Ayungin (Second Thomas) Shoal, Quirino (Jackson) Atoll and Panatag Shoal, the DFA also said.

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