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PH intensifies monitoring in West Philippine Sea after sighting of China ship

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine military has intensified its monitoring activities after China sent one of its largest fishing fleets to disputed islands in the West Philippine Sea or South China Sea.

“The Philippine Navy is closely monitoring the developments in reported setting of sails of said Chinese fishing boats,” said Navy spokesman Colonel Edgardo Arevalo in a statement Wednesday.

Arevalo said Philippine Navy ships were patrolling the area and they “shall serve as our eyes and ears.”

“But as of now, it’s too early to comment on what to do if they will enter Philippine territory as that remains to be a contingency as of the moment,” he said.

Arevalo acknowledged the Philippines’ “limitations” in naval capabilities, but assured that they will stay “steadfast in performing their mandate to secure our maritime and territorial domains.”

“The guidance from higher headquarters is clear: to continue to be vigilant; monitor and report any unusual incidents obtaining in the area. These include intrusions and other illegal activities like fishing in our maritime domain. The Philippine Navy, being a force provider, will act as directed by higher headquarters,” he also said.

Meanwhile, Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesman, Brigadier General Domingo Tutaan, said they will “enforce” sovereignty should the fishing fleets enter the Philippine territory or within exclusive economic zone.

“Of course we will have to exert [efforts to preserve the integrity and] the  sovereignty of our territory but again we have to undertake it as a whole government decision or effort on this and [Department of Foreign Affairs] would be again on the lead as far as this is concerned, when if ever they are correct, but necessarily we are taking action on the report, or the issue so that we will be able advise other government agencies and the AFP itself to be able to undertake what should be undertaken as far as this is concerned,” he told reporters in a press briefing.

Tutaan said their action “will depend on what is verified,” but declined to discuss deployments of assets.

In a report by China Daily, it said that a flotilla, including 30 fishing vessels, set sail on Monday for the disputed Spratly Islands, claimed by Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei and China.

The fleet left Hainan in China for a 40-day trip to the region, the report said.

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Tags: China , Features , Global Nation , sea disputes , Spratly Islands , West Philippine Sea

  • Marcos5

    …………And what are the Politicians doing ? Nada ! instead of prioritizing equipping the Armed Forces of the Philippines they rather take the money and purchase foreign properties in the States.

  • alex ca

    wala sa candidate ang may pabor na bantayan ang buong pilipinas at gumawa ng batas nito… Wala puro bla bla bla ang kalabasan bagong kahirapan na naman,,,

  • http://www.facebook.com/Boycott.Made.N.China Val Sor

    How come candidates are silent on the issue of Chinese incursions to our territories? Maybe China is a big donor of campaigns funds to the candidates, don’t you think? Shame on you candidates!

    • juan_luisjr

      well , let’s leave them alone. Their comments alone wont solve the problem and they will just do campaign posturing which is nothing but no action talk only ( NATO ).

  • Mel Manalo

    I’d like to share a revelation that I’ve had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you’re not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you chinks do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Communist chinese are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You’re a plague and we are the cure. – Agent Smith

  • Ramon de Guzman

    What? they’re still talking about it! less talk more on action……

  • joboni96

    use light maritime patrol aircraft at
    land-based coast monitoring

    para di maubos diesel at lakas
    ng mga patrol boats and ships

  • opinyonlangpo

    Thirty ships, thats lot of equipments and building materials.

  • http://www.yahoo.com/ Jose Paman

    dont stop patrolling our territorial waters

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