China won’t be allowed to conquer Scarborough, says military official

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BRAVE STAND. Lt. Gen. Anthony Alcantara of the Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) tells reporters the military won't allow China to conquer Scarborough Shoal during a press conference Tuesday in Camp Aquino in Tarlac. Video by’s Matikas Santos

CAMP AQUINO, Philippines – China won’t be allowed to conquer Scarborough Shoal, a military official said Tuesday, reiterating their mission “to take care of our territory and sovereignty”.

“We will not allow them. They cannot conquer Scarborough Shoal,” Lieutenant General Anthony Alcantara told reporters in a press briefing in response to a query about the possibility of a Chinese takeover of the disputed shoal.

“Our mission is clear: Take care of our territory and sovereignty, ” he said.

Alcantara described the situation in the area as “stable” with “no untoward incident.”

He added that the Naval Forces in Northern Luzon were constantly in touch with the Philippine Coast Guard.

“Our Navy is always on standby to help, ” he said.

Alcantara also said that the Chinese were not telling the truth when it claimed Monday through reports that their vessels Yuzheng 310 and maritime surveillance ship 84 have left the shoal.

“We are not doubting their claims. We are telling them they are not telling the truth,” he said.

As of 8p.m., Monday, the BRP Pampanga replaced the BRP Edsa, which stocked up on provisions. A Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources maritime control ship, MCS 3006, was also anchored within the shoal, which he said could be conducting inventory.

Meanwhile, two small Chinese fishing boats were sighted inside the shoal, and another three outside. Fisheries Law Enforcement Command (Yuzheng) vessel 310, a Chinese fishing gunboat, was located eight nautical miles southeast of BRP Pampanga, and the Chinese maritime surveillance ship (CMS) 71 was within 12 nautical miles also southeast of the BRP Pampanga, said Alcantara.

The CMS 75 and 84 were not sighted, and have probably refuelled, he said.

The vessels “are bent to stay within the shoal,” as they have been taking turns and changing their positions from time to time, he added.

All Chinese water vessels were within the 200 nautical mile-exclusive economic zone, he said.

Despite signifying the military’s preparedness for any situation that may arise, Alcantara echoed the government’s desire to settle the dispute by diplomatic means.

“That’s what we’re hoping for,” he told reporters.

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  • Rosebel

    CHINA! if your basis of your claim is the map of Han Dynasty, why you agrree and signed the UCLOS of UN…
    ok HAN dynasty!  if UN will allow this!!!  meaning the Italy could claim almost all part of Europe! due to ROMAN Empire!

    and take note if your going to insist that reason…mongolian empire could claim also most of lands in China.
    your claim is baseless!!!!  you signed and now you regret!!!! and now your reviving the old empire map that has been politically dead hundreds of years ago!!!

    THATS IS practically invasion… enetering economic zone within 200 NM miles of mainland Philippine……

    much better bring your dead emperor,,, and we’re going to bring the king of Spain of 15 century let them do the talk…


    • universalbeing

      The problem is, our Philippine government’s first ever official claim on Panatag is 1997. Our claim is based on the 1982 revision of the UNCLOS which defines a 200 nautical mile EEZ. It is merely a convention and does not automatically resolve claims pre-dating 1982.

    • migg2

      the problem is ,china didn’t acknowledge the UCLOS and didn’t want anything to do with it.that’s why they’re staking thier claim. this is a conflict of china and the rest who signed the uclos. but nobody from the member countries is standing ground strongly  except the phil.

      • MondoBongo

        China signed and ratified UNCLOS in 1982 (the Law of the Seas Treaty)!  Now because they need oil, they are  breaking it–breaking the law!!!

  • Juan Palpalatoc

    I don’t know what navy this officer is talking about. Do we really have a navy? Marines and army personel are beheaded in Basilan by disorganized bandits. What are your chances against modern chines military?

    • Gerald

       Don’t worry.  America loves & highly respects The Philippines & we are in cooperation on matters of national security.  We have a long history together & we will stand by our Filipino friends & allies until the end.  The USA would never let China harm The Philippines.  That is not saying that The Philippines is weak & unable to defend itself.  It’s just that when it comes to China, you’re a little over matched & outnumbered.  I guarantee that the USA will stand by you.  We will even the odds a little if China tries anything stupid.  If need be, hand in hand we will throw back any & all Chinese invaders.

  •ña/100001357233123 Bryan Glenn Fabiaña

    China is a delinquent bastards in the family of nations… they have signed the UNCLOS, ratified it but now they are defying it…  “behold!.. the manifestation and consequences of TRAPO Politics in the Philippine Oligarchy”

  • 18C0501

    Dalhin sa UNCLOS AT ITLOS ang issue wag ng marami pang salita; parang gusto pa atang mangampanya. more talks less actions. 

  • rem

    general alcantara pag pumasok na ang chinese na yan sa eez 200 NM natin paputukan niyo na.wag niyo hintayin makaporma pa sila namihasa na sila labas masok sa teretoryo natin parang kanilang lang halaman.if you can,t do just leave  to us moro fighter from jolo sulo.

    • mack

      yes better to give that to the moro if u could not fire a shot to defend it…actually, the chinese could not shot us …kung sa mga tsikwa yan dapat nag paputok na sila…sila pa na walang sinasanto ang mga iyan….mga brutal yan pag may karapatan eh bakit ayaw mag shot???

  • peaceINmind

    Wars will end our life.Wake up people, those Amricans won’t be your friends forever. They stand for the benefits of the American citizens but not yours!Yes, today they are on your side, and they may help you to protect ‘your land’.But maybe one day, PRC is collapsed as you all wish, and some party from Taiwan take mainland back. Will the U.S. still be your friend? May be not at that time.Those Amricans just want use your hand and your head to achieve their goals! So does the government.If the war begins, there will be no winner between us! The winner will be someone who other side of the earth, and of course, the people who have the power.Calm down, things are not always they look like. Don’t believe medias and government, they might already be bought and paid.—–just a friendly remind from a Chinese

    • Gerald

       Speak for yourself.  The Philippines & The USA have a long history together.  The USA thinks very highly of The Philippines.  We will stand by our Filipino allies until the end!

  • CyberPinoy

    All talk but we dont have military hardware to back it up.  

    Etong mga media iniinterview pa yung mga Militar syempre magpapataas ng ihi yan, this media men should interview the politicians who opposes the increase of AFP budget and let them explain their views. This kind of media reporting will only inflamed the minds of the chinese. ang style nitong media parang pinapag away pa yung dalawang bansa, i remember when i was a kid when we want to make fight we taunt each other with words of war and this is what our media is doing.. really our media men are irresposible!

  • thomas

    deport chinese, nationalize their assets

  • Rey Principe

    So when will the Philippines start building its own ocean going vessels, instead of asking or buying from its neighbors and allies ?

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