4 China warships spotted near Palawan ; ignores PH Navy warnings

4 China warships spotted near Palawan ; ignores PH Navy warnings

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)reports that at least four Chinese navy vessels passed through Philippine waters in June, it ignored radio warnings made by local authorities.

The Armed Forces' Western Command (WesCom) in a statement revealed that a Chinese Navy vessel first transited Balabac Strait in Palawan on June 17, at around 1:30 p.m.

WesCom motes that the Chinese vessel was "unresponsive in the succeeding challenges made by our operating unit." A little before 8 p.m. that same day, another Chinese ship was seen in waters off Balabac.

DND Dec. Delfin Lorenzana
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"Said vessel responded to the radio challenge but did not disclose any information except its bow number," Medina said. He said it was accompanied by two more "unresponsive" Navy vessels.

"This is also our basis for the recommendation to higher headquarters for the appropriate filling of the DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) for diplomatic protest. And we are very glad that the higher headquarters and the DFA were cognizant on these reports and have taken actions," he added.
Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana earlier said that it seems the Chinese warships deliberately tried to avoid being detected by Philippine authorities, while sailing through Sibutu Strait at least four times since February with their automatic identification system (AIS) turned off. 

As per the International Maritime Organization, all ships of at least 300 gross tonnage is required to carry AIS that, which would send the ships' information to other vessels and coastal authorities.

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