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MANILA, Philippines – A new Coast Guard ship replaced the lone Philippine vessel in the disputed waters off Panatag Shoal (Scarborough), a spokesman confirmed Monday.

Scarborough Shoal

Philippine Coast Guard spokesman Lieutenant Commander Algier Ricafrente said the BRP Pampanga was replaced by BRP Edsa (SARV-002), the same type of search and rescue vessel Monday morning, for refuelling and fresh supplies.

Meanwhile, Northern Luzon Commander Lieutenant General Anthony Alcantara said two surveillance vessels of China were still in the area.

He added that Navy ships were also under reprovisioning, but were ready to support the Coast Guard vessels anytime.

He also described the situation in the area as “stable.”

Philippine Navy Vice Admiral Alexander Pama, on the other hand, said he doesn’t see the need to send back the Philippines’ warship BRP Gregorio del Pilar as it was a law enforcement issue.

“From reports that Coast Guard showed with us, things are not as tense as some people think,” he told reporters after the opening of Balikatan Exercises at Camp Aguinaldo.

“We don’t have a Navy vessel but we remain on standby. No definite plans (to deploy) a Navy ship,” he added.

He also said he believed the Coast Guard could handle the issue.

On Saturday afternoon, China added one more vessel to boost its presence after pulling out all of its ships and leaving behind just one.


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Tags: BRP Gregorio del Pilar , China , Panatag Shoal , Philippine Coast Guard , Scarborough , Spratlys

  • akosimickeymouse

    they are paid by chinese funders and beware also of their party list leaders who are now seated in  congressional seats…..

  • Guest

    Where are the freaken leftists? What do you say Bayan, LFS, Gabriela, Migrante, ACT, KMU. KMP and the rest of alphabet soup “revolutionaries?” How come these self proclaimed “Nationalists” are so mum on these intrusions?!?

    What do you say Satur and company…

    Oh I know. These geniuses thought imperialism is spelled U-S-A.

    Talking of TRUE COLOR…

    • anakpinas

      They are not Nationalist, they’re Communist collaborators, just wondering where do they get their funds & who finance their activities?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/OJNATN4KHKDPJ47Y4RGR3EXYVQ WindTalker

         kanino pa sa China…

  • focusrightly

    How true Navy Vice Admiral Alexander Pama !!  This is a marine police/coast guard job enforcing laws of the seas when dealing with fishermen. Philippines had already made the wrong step by sending her largest warships with armed troops to inspect unarmed fishing vessels.

    ASEAN cannot voice support for Philippines because you have made the wrong move.

    Better to learn lessons from this episode.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FWD5IDZT7SXOEHKLE3O7CGFOAE Bright

    Somebody ought to teach these militant a lesson on education and democracy.. Communism doesn’t work. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DEUWFNPX2TQXSPZFAEUMG4W7PQ Miggs

    Those miltant groups are uncivilized maggots. Baya, LFS, Gabriela, Migrante, KMU, KMP, ACT are no less than subversive and detrimental to the administration and for the Republic. Government should take into consideration of banning these leftist ideologies proven that their ideas does not work in the Philippine Democratic mainstream soceity; Likewise yung mga nagsira sa Embahada ng Amerika dapat parusahan. Manila is too lenient kasi sa mga ito..these are nuisances in soceity and a threat to the national defense of the country. These cockroaches needs to be extinguished…for the good of the country.

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    ang brp delpilar
    u.s. coast guard cutter dati

    it’s the biggest gunboat in the world

    paano ba magisip ang navy
    colonized utak din
    muddled by excessive
    u.s. navy schooling

    mag schooling din kayo sa
    russia india scandinavia israel
    france germany brazil etc

    hindi sa nangongolonya sa atin
    at gusto tayong panatiliing kolonya

    sabagay
    u.s. creation ang navy natin



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