PH sea patrols to check on China naval exercises



MANILA, Philippines—Philippine naval security forces are set to conduct “sovereignty patrols” in the West Philippines Sea (South China Sea) to check on possible intrusions by Chinese vessels conducting naval exercises within the country’s maritime boundaries, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Thursday.

DFA spokesman Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez said Thursday the Philippine Navy and Philippine Coast Guard were sailing to waters in disputed areas within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone and continental shelf to check on the presence of Chinese navy ships.

The Philippines and China are locked in a struggle over parts of the Spratlys group of islands and Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, which are clearly within the Philippines’ EEZ.

A fleet of Chinese vessels has reportedly deployed for drills on “actual combat” scenarios in the West Philippine Sea, the waters of which are almost wholly being claimed by China and partially claimed by the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei and Taiwan.

The Philippines has a pending case for arbitration against China in the United Nations arbitral tribunal to stop Chinese incursions into Philippine-claimed parts of the West Philippine Sea. The legal action also seeks to invalidate China’s nine-dash line claim, which encroaches on Philippine maritime borders.

China has rejected the arbitration plea but the Philippines is confident proceedings will continue even without the other party’s participation.

“Our Philippine Navy and Philippine Coast Guard [were] asked to verify [if there were] reported intrusions,” Hernandez said.

China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported earlier this week that four Chinese warships—equipped with four helicopters and a hovercraft—deployed off southern China’s Hainan province for training exercises in the West Philippine Sea.

Xinhua said the warships would undertake training exercises that include “command post establishment, operational maneuvering from the sea and high sea convoy missions.”

Without directly commenting on the report, Hernandez said, “It is always important that other countries respect our maritime zones and territories because such exercises could not be undertaken without our permission if they are done [in areas that] encompass part of our national territory.”

The Chinese naval exercises are part of China’s People’s Liberation Army’s “regular arrangement” under its annual training program. Seven similar exercises were held last year, according to Xinhua.

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  • Pinsan_ni_Mang_Kanor

    It is time tested that Nations with aggressive behaviors who only invades countries, disrespect others and steals to support their economy are heading towards their downfall. It happened to the Roman empire, mongolians, germans, japanese, the brits, the Soviets, and even the US. And its assuring to see that China is going to same fate should it choose to continue her perverted ambitions.

  • Ricky070

    The Philippines needs to patrol its territory daily, not just on such and such occasion. Philippines presence in its territory through ship patrol or surveillance is very important and it is more important than any UN laws could every guarantee in protecting Philippines territory and sovereignty.

  • jseesus

    kampi pa kayo sa mga sakang ngayon kasi dami japayuki saka dami ni rape nang mga hapon na pinay kaya dami lahi ng hapon dyan. pinoy talaga lahing walang sinabi.

  • Psiitoon Charoenkrung

    This is good move; China’s movement in the west Philippine sea should be monitored and our sovereignty should be defended at all cost. Any chinese ship intruding our EEZ should be challenged. They just cannot bully any smaller countries

    • Khairil Anuar

      yes,challenge the PLA destroyer ship with your Patrol craft.
      There’s a reason why the order not to provoke were issued,to save Filipino sailor’s lives.

  • branlem

    In the Spratleys? Wow…the chink’s cockiness is beyond anyone’s imagination!! now where are the warplanes broadcasted a year ago? are those mere propaganda? or our officials shopping for more sources where they can have more commissions…damit mr general move your big a** and do something for the country!! Stop shopping for warships when jets can do a lot more credible deterrence and cost-effective projection of power since we are very close to the islands in dispute!! Deploy howitzers in pagasa just like what vietnam did and look how the chinks are trying to avoid that side of the spratleys…c’mon the weaker your positioning is the more likely you go to war!!

  • branlem

    better yet mr DFA..protest in strongest terms the holding of the military exercises. China has no right to be in that island and nowhere in history has it ever been their island. We have to announce to the world how China is again having that “Tibetan Itch” where they want to lay their hand on everything they could – even in a sovereign and independent nation like Tibet.

  • Edgardo Mendoza

    philippines need nukes to finish this chinese bully!

  • talagalangha

    Baklitang presidente si Benigno Aquino III…..TRAYDOR! Kampi ka sa Malaysia, makapili ka din katulad ng iyong lolo BSA I noong WW2, at tatay mong BSA II noong panahon ni Marcos, at gaya din ng iyong Ina, na ibinenta ang Sabah sa Malaysia, maging presidente lang siya, at ngayon ay itinutuloy ng Santisima TRAIDORES na mga Aquino….

    Tama na…resign ka na jan…we are soooo waiting for an EDSA movement..against you!

    • Jay Ramos

      Sa tinging ko galit kalang kay presidente ? at ang mga kuwento ay pawang kulang sa katotohanan. Be a good citizen by doing good for the country and not just to satisfy your wrong ego!

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