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PH envoy to China back home for consultation

Erlinda Basilio INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has asked its ambassador to China to return home for consultations, the foreign department said Thursday amid fresh tensions in a seething maritime territorial row.

Ambassador Erlinda Basilio flew back to Manila as the defense department this week accused China of laying 75 concrete blocks on disputed territory in the South China Sea.

“She was asked to come home for consultations, and she will (be in Manila) for the next few days,” Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez told reporters.

Defense officials have expressed concern the Chinese block-laying could be a prelude to building structures at the shoal.

The outcrop is about 650 kilometers from Hainan island, the nearest major Chinese land mass.

Asked if Manila would lodge a diplomatic protest or undertake other options, Hernandez said: “We are still studying the matter.”

The Philippine foreign ministry earlier said President Benigno Aquino had also called off a planned trip to China on Tuesday for a trade fair after Chinese authorities imposed conditions on the trip.

The concrete blocks have raised concerns in Manila that China could be planning construction in the waters, as it did in Philippine-claimed Mischief Reef in another area of the sea, in 1995.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei rejected the Philippine allegations of block-laying on Wednesday, while asserting China’s sovereignty over the shoal.

China claims most of the South China Sea, including waters close to the coasts of its neighbors.

Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam also have competing claims to parts of the South China Sea, and the rivalries have been a source of tension for decades.

The Philippines engaged China in a tense standoff at Scarborough shoal in 2012.

Manila has said the Chinese had effectively taken control of the shoal by stationing vessels there and preventing Filipino fishermen from entering the area.

In January the government asked a United Nations tribunal to rule on the validity of the Chinese claims to most of the sea.

China has rejected the move, but has said it wants to solve the dispute through bilateral negotiations with concerned parties.

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  • generaltso

    breaking international news to all:

    Abe shaked hands with China’s Xi. He is very pleased to have 5 min talk with Chinese leader.

    I didn’t see Aquino at G20, is he invited ?

    Oh, hello president Obama…

    Sorry Filipino guys at home, I have an urgent meeting up, post you later.

    • jorgii0550

      This is the result when the government restricts it’s own citizens from the access of information …… you got truckloads of citizens who are as stupid and dumb like tso.

      G20 members are the top 19 economies of the world + EU

      Philippines are not yet members , we will gate crash the party in 20 years or less.

      • hello stupids

        from G6 to G20 and that will be it

        Philippines are not yet members!!! How about the top 20 in
        Asia hat Philippines up to
        hahahahaha
        Oh yes I forgot Philippines is no 1 in the world exporting female!!!

      • kulkat8

        Likewise one of the problems of U.S. immigration are Chinese women entering the United States as students but are actually engaged in the flesh trade. The cheapest prostitutes are in China.

      • hello stupids

        Hello it cost $50000 a yr to study in US and not including accommodation and food

        U need to work how long to cover that

        by the way how much U know about the Us and how much Philippines can afford $50000 a yr plus in US

        prostitutes are all over the world this is personnel issue
        Philippines are the legend of sex slaves as cheap as $20 a strike…..hahahahaha

      • kulkat8

        Prostitutes China is as low as 8 dollars hehehe he. You waana come with I know of a place here in North America.

      • hello stupids

        hehehehehe

        those are the Philippines overstay ofw they will be happy when they go back to Philippines…everything is cheap…hehehehe

      • kulkat8

        Nope I am sure they are Chinese. FYI there are also many overstaying Chinese her in Nortt America.

      • hello stupids

        Hoe can U tell someone overstay or not especially those with the students visa.. they can stay there subject after subject .hahahaha
        but there is a lot of short 3 months visa for those Philippines prostitutes is quite obvious…hahahahaha

      • kulkat8

        When I said overstaying Chinese I am not only talking of students. There are so many so many overstaying Chinese workers especially in the United States. Chinese who paid thousands of dollars to human smugglers just to get to the United States. These overstaying Chinese workers are not very visible because they commonly work in Chinese own businesses in a Chinatown area of a North American city. One more reason why these Chinese illegals are not visible because they normally keep to themselves. OFWs are very visible because they work everywhere and normally assimilates with the locals. 8 dollars ask some Filipino seamen.

      • hello stupids

        Filipino seaman are home sick and a good discount only
        Oh $20 are for foreigner $8 is just right (market prize)hahahaha

        don’t U tell me north America where I know much better than U
        human smugglers U must be watching too many movies from the 80….hahaha People in China just simply get a tourist visa and go to the US
        Philippines woman go to US iI really don’t know how except marry to a dirty old man and flee….hahahaha

      • kulkat8

        What do you mean 80s movies. A couple of months ago U.S. immigration caught illegal Chinese immigrants packed like sardines in a container. There are probably more Chinese illegals in the U.S. than Filipinos. I have already told you the reason why they are not visible.

      • hello stupids

        shouldn’t U care about those stranded ofw in Middle East
        besides that a never heard the news
        hahahaha

      • kulkat8

        Should’nt you care about the Chinese illegal immigrants who are being paid slave wages by their Chinese employers in the United States. Chinese illegals in the United States which as of 2006 is estimated at 500,000 are only second to the Mexicans.

      • hello stupids

        there is millions of overstay from every country in USA but turn to whore…Philippines is the legend hahaha
        it is their only way of survive hahahaha

      • kulkat8

        there are whores everywhere but the cheapest whores are in China. Chinese whores are legends in all Chinese ports. It is their way of putting food on the table.

      • hello stupids

        talk to your government and ask to have the census and see how many whores in Philippines hahahaha

      • kulkat8

        You must do the same. Ask your government how many whores in China. Don’t forget to tell your government to include Chinese whores plying their trade in the Philippines but are exclusive to Chinese clienteles.

      • kulkat8

        You must do the same. Tell your government to include Chinese whores who are plying their trade in the Philippines but are exclusive to Chines clienteles.

      • hello stupids

        Do U know how many US woman work as a prostitutes before they get married and paid for their wedding party?
        they don’t call that cheap because no one force them to do it
        Philippines boy and girl start at the age as young as 7-8 as a sex object that is disgusting
        if U having sex with a sixteen yrs old girl in America their parent will ask U to be good with their daughter
        If U having sex with a girl 8 yrs old in America their parents will kill U …don’t U get it
        hehehehehe

    • crazy_horse_101010

      urgent meeting for you to get reeducated and find out what lies to spread next since your crap isnt working here

    • flomotion

      Philippines can survive without politburo China. Philippines has its own Chinese blood. No need to get more oppressive politburo Chinese into Philippines or learn from them how to oppress its own citizens.

      Advise: Send China’s ambassador home. and send troops to Scarborough ASAP.

    • Punyëtero»Ka

      Morons anonymous meeting! OK, have fun!

    • flomotion

      It is about the chemical weapon rocket with Chinese marking on them. Did you make it?

    • OFWs – symptom of sick economy

      Hahahah!

      Other countries want to get involved with you because they need something from you and NOT BECAUSE THEY LIKE YOU.

      CHINA YOU ARE BEING USED AND YOU THOUGHT THAT MAKES YOU SUPERIOR. LOL!

  • daniboy2012

    Don’t send our ambassador back to china….send their home too….china is our enemy….the madapakers will not only grab the Panatag shoal…..this greedy dragon must be slew not appease….pinoys remember our forefathers fought superpowers ….even powerful nation bleeds!!!!

  • Juan Dela Cruz

    denying naman pala ang china eh di gibain na lang yon pasabugin…tsk tsk

  • flomotion

    Just send Philippine authorities to Scarborough and map the damage done to the reef. Clean it up and send the bill to China plus penalties.

    Compute bill for scarborough and mischeif reef. 1,500 us dollars per feet / week.
    Illegal structures x years.
    Damage to reef x years.
    Rehabilitation x years.

    Send the bill to China or hand it to Chinas ambassador in the Philippines.



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