DND - China Coast Guard blocked resupply mission to Ayungin Shoal

DND - China Coast Guard blocked resupply mission to Ayungin Shoal



In short of militarization of the disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea.

The Department of National Defense (DND) just confirmed that a Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) ship blocked Filipino vessels conducting a resupply mission to a Philippine Navy ship stationed in the West Philippine Sea.

The incident happened last May, a Chinese Coast Guard ship blocked the route of three Philippine civilian vessels on a resupply mission to grounded BRP Sierra Madre on Ayungin Shoal.


BRP Sierra Madre
(photo credit to owner)

The CCG ship with bow number 3305 came as close as 1,600 yards to the Philippine vessels, according to the report.
DND was observing that CCG ships have been in close proximity to Ayungin shoal since the start of the year.
"Notably, China regularly deploys at least one CCG vessel perceived to be monitoring the activities there at, including the arrival of Filipino fishing boats as well as the Rotation and Reprovision mission of the [Philippine Navy]," the DND report read.

The report was submitted upon the request of Rep. Carlos Zarate for a report on the Armed Forces of the Philippines' modernization and incursion of Chinese ships in Philippine waters.

Former Foreign Affairs secretary and House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano earlier said the Ayungin Shoal was among the "red lines" that the Philippines set on China last year.

The Philippines had warned China against attempting to remove BRP Sierra Madre, which has been grounded on Ayungin Shoal since 1999. The navy ship was deliberately run aground at the shoal in response to Chinese reclamation on Mischief Reef.

Objectionable


Malacanang said a Chinese Coast Guard ship having blocked the path of three Philippine civilian vessels on a resupply mission to BRP Sierra Madre in Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea is “objectionable” and the Department of Foreign Affairs is already preparing to file a protest against this action.

“Siyempre objectionable iyon, kung…Magdadala lang pala ng pagkain, bakit mo naman iba-block (Of course that’s objectionable but if they’re only bringing food, why would you block)?” Panelo said in a Palace briefing.
Panelo, however, said there is a need to find out China’s reason for doing so.
The Presidential Spokesperson said Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr. is already preparing a protest against China’s action.
“We will leave that to the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, turf niya na iyon (that’s his turf),” Panelo said.





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