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2 vessels harass Palawan mayor, 200 others at sea

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PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Philippines – The mayor of Kalayaan town in Palawan, along with around 200 people, were harassed by two unidentified vessels while they were traveling by sea before midnight Thursday, the local official said.

Mayor Eugenio Bito-onon of Kalayaan, which governs Pag-asa and four other islets in the Spratlys claimed by the Philippines, said they left Pag-asa Island on Wednesday, after casting their votes Monday.

He said they were on their way to Puerto Princesa, about 280 nautical miles away, on board a municipal boat and passing by the Ayungin Shoal when the two vessels approached them.

Ayungin Shoal is about 100 nautical miles from Pag-asa and near Mischief Reef, which is occupied by China.

The vessels looked like big military naval vessels, said Bito-onon, who just arrived here Friday afternoon.

He said it came as close as 30 meters and followed them for about an hour, with a strong spotlight, then left.

Last week, the Philippines called on China to back off the country’s established maritime borders in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), saying any foray into its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) would be a violation of international law.

The Department of Foreign Affairs issued the statement amid reports that China has deployed a large fleet of fishing vessels in the Kalayaan group of islands in the disputed Spratlys archipelago.


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Tags: Conflict , Elections , Features , Foreign affairs , Palawan , Politics , Regions , Sea , territorial dispute , Territory , West Philippine Sea

  • http://www.facebook.com/Sam.Mc.Din Sam Din

    konting sakripisyo naman mga kababayan! dapat ang ipakita natin ay pumapalag tayo! wag nating ipakita na bahag ang buntot natin dahil habang buhay na lng tau aapihin ng mga yan!

  • Guest

    DEAR HONORABLE SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN WHO HAS MILLIONS OF PORK BARREL.. PLEASE DONATE THESE TO ARM YOUR ARMED FORCES WHICH FOR SO LONG A TIME HAS BEEN THE LAUGHING STOCK OF THE WORLD AND CALLED THE WEAKEST IN TERMS OF FIREPOWER… WE HAVE BEEN BULLIED LONG ENOUGH. ITS IS ALL YOUR FAULT FOR NEVER CONSIDERING THE MILITARY IN MOST OF YOUR PLANS.. JUST YOUR PLAN SELF INTEREST… THIS THE TIME WHEN ALL FILIPINOS UNITE… LOVE OUR COUNTRY, BE PATRIOTS AND SHARE ON HELPING OUR NATIONS PROBLEM…. DINUDURAAN NA TAYO SA MUKHA NAGKUKUNWARI PA TAYONG DI NATIN ALAM? WE CAN ONLY SPEAK SOFTLY WITH THESE NATION.. CHINA, TAIWAN, MALAYSIA. NOKOR IF WE CARRY A BIGGER STICK… OUR NATIONALISM IS TESTED LET ALL CRY OUT TO BE A NATION NOT ALWAYS BULLIED… WE APPEAL TO FINALLY MOVE FOR A STRONGER ARMED FORCES>..

  • Guest

    PORK BARREL FOR MISSILES AND WEAPONS MOVEMENT.. VOTE UP

  • DGuardian

    Presidente Aquino : Sa ngayon ay nandoroon sa Spratlys ang mga fishing vessels ng China na may kasama pang mga navy ships purportedly ay para mangisda sa loob ng 40 days. Ang Spratlys ay hindi pag-aari ng China. Wala ang China na authentic historical claim dito at wala ding karapatang mag-claim sa anumang isla, islet, shoal, reef, o anumang rock formation sa Spratlys dahil sa considerably great distance between China and the Spratlys. Ang may karapatan sa Spratlys ay ang mga bansa na sakop ng kanya-kanyang EEZ ang kanilang inaangkin na mga isla at iba pa doon. Tiyak na ang ginawa ng China sa Panatag Shoal o Bajo de Masinloc na pag-ubos sa mga endangered species, corals, at iba’t ibang mga isda doon na pang-aquarium at mga isdang pang-benta sa mga markets at lahat ng iba pang yamang dagat ay gagawin nila sa Spratlys. Sa Panatag Soal ay nag-heavy bottom trawling pa sila kaya’t maaaring walang natirang corals sa seabed ng Panatag Shoal at contiguous waters.

    Sana ay huwag pabayaan na Pilipinas at ng ibang mga member states ng ASEAN ang pillage na isinasagawa ng China sa Spratlys. May katungkulan ang ASEAN na protektahan at ipagtanggol ang environment at likas na mga yaman at mga nilikha nito sa karagatan man, kalupaan o himpapawid mula sa mga buwitre at hindi sibilisadong bansa tulad ng Tsina. Sana ay gumawa na ang Pilipinas ng agarang hakbang para ipatigil ang napakalawak na pagnanakaw na isinasagawang kasalukuyan ng Tsina. Maraming Salamat.

  • alex ca

    Mahirap pag bakla ang presidente hindi kayang humarap puro tago na lang. Ito ba ang dapat na magpatuloy sa panahon ng kagipitan wla! Ano ba naman!

  • hopeless_na

    Ibalik si GMA sa Malakanyang para umasenso na ulit ang pinas.

    • GustoKoHappyKa

      Sus si GMA nga ang nagbigay ng isang isla sa mga Chinese..ibabalik mo pa sya…baka pati Palawan ibigay na nya…

  • freedom of navigation

    Do the harassers mean there is no freedom of navigation in our own EEZ? The question that will linger and last forever is, will that be acceptable to the International Community?



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