Ships sighted off PH-occupied shoal are Chinese spy vessels — sources

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PUERTO PRINCESA CITY – The Western Command is monitoring the presence of two Chinese military surveillance vessels that were reported to be on a stationary position since Tuesday afternoon near the Philippine-occupied Ayungin Shoal in the disputed Spratly’s region.

The two Chinese vessels were identified by other defense sources who asked not to be identified as “maritime surveillance vessels”. They
were reported to be in stationary position some six nautical miles west of Ayungin Shoal since Tuesday afternoon.

The source added that the information about the Chinese presence “has been relayed to proper authorities”, including Malacañang and the
Department of Foreign Affairs.

Lieutenant Cherry Tindog, Wescom spokesperson, confirmed that the regional military command has received reports about the Chinese vessels but declined to issue additional information concerning the reported intrusion.

Ayungin Shoal, also known internationally as Second Thomas Reef, is one of the reef formations within the six islands with Philippine troops presence and is considered by the country as part of the municipality of Kalayaan.

It is closest to Mischief Reef, which until 1995 was occupied by the Philippines until the Chinese built a fortification in it.

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  • disqus_ZrxaGjUzMQ

    PHILIPPINE SHOULD ALLOW US NAVY TO PUT A US NAVY BASE IN PAG ASA ISLAND

    • Tony Manning

      You do not know what you are talking about. The U.S. will never involve itself in this territorial dispute between China and the rest of the claimants. The U.S. is not that stupid to be a part of this dispute.

  • disqus_ZrxaGjUzMQ

    CAMPAIGN FOR US NAVY IN PAG ASA ISLAND SPRATLY

  • http://www.yahoo.com/ Jose Paman

    they are not spying, they are laying wire fence underneath so our patrol boats cannot enter the area.

  • klepto

    Tsupa sa uten ng mga kano lang kasi alam ng mga pulitiko natin maliban sa pangangawat ng pera kaya walang kwenta ang AFP.

  • dakilangpinoy

    our gov. should also send spies so we can spy on the chinese, aside from that they should send spies on SABAH to help our muslim brothers in SABAH

  • staad

    why the f! are we still tolerating this chinese mother f!rs in our territory. obviously they have sinister intent and our government should draft up plans to retaliate in other means. this cannot go on like this. the communists are always self-serving and they corrupt every place they claim. just look at their smog filled cities. sons of btches.

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