Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Thursday ordered the Foreign Office (DFA) to protest China’s latest alarming activities in the West Philippine Sea.
Locsin’s order came a day after Muntinlupa representative Rozzano Rufino ‘Ruffy’ Biazon revealed the continued presence of at least 150 Chinese ships moving “from place to place” in the sea from the western Philippines.
“@DFAPHL Now file our protest against Chinese radio’s illegally issued challenges against Philippine maritime patrols,” Locsin said in his first tweet, without providing any details about the incident, “he said in a tweet. .
In his following post on social media, Locsin asked the DFA to file a protest against the “continued presence of Chinese fishing vessels near Iroquois Reef”, one of the unoccupied features of the Spratly Islands located in the Economic Zone. exclusive of the Philippines (EEZ).
The DFA secretary, who was tweeting from the United States, also ordered his department to file a protest against “the relentless and illegal restriction of Filipino fishermen from carrying out legitimate fishing activities in Bajo de Masinloc.”
@DFAPHL Now file our protest against China’s relentless and illegal restrictions on Filipino fishermen to conduct legitimate fishing activities in Bajo de Masinloc â.
Bajo de Masinloc, also known as the Scarborough Shoal or Panatag Shoal, lies approximately 119 nautical miles from Infanta to Pangasinan and within the Philippine EEZ. Scarborough Shoal was the scene of a tense standoff in April 2012 between the Philippine Navy’s BRP Gregorio Del Pilar and Chinese maritime surveillance vessels over the intrusion of Chinese fishing vessels into the country’s EEZ.
During the National Security Council’s budget deliberation in the House of Representatives, Biazon said the swarm of Chinese ships looked like “civilian ships” with a “strategic mission.”
In March of this year, tensions between Manila and Beijing escalated following the swarming of more than 200 Chinese vessels in Julian Felipe Reef (Whitsun Reef) and other maritime features of the Philippine EEZ.
As a result, the Philippines filed a diplomatic protest against China following the recommendations of National Security Advisor Hermogenes Esperon Jr.
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