Chinese warship spotted near Scarborough Shoal | Global News

Chinese warship spotted near Scarborough Shoal

/ 01:34 PM June 10, 2019
Photo from Philippine Coast Guard scarborough

Photo from Philippine Coast Guard

MANILA, Philippines — The presence of China Coast Guard ships has been a common sight in Scarborough Shoal. But a warship was also spotted in the Philippine Coast Guard’s most recent patrol.

BRP Malabrigo (MRRV-4402) completed patrol in Scarborough Shoal from Thursday to Sunday, PCG spokesperson Capt. Arman Balilo said Monday.


Aside from the warship, two Chinese Coast Guard ships and two militia boats were spotted within 12 nautical miles of the shoal.

The People’s Liberation Army-Navy warship with hull no. 504 is a Type 056A Jiangdao corvette.

Three large Filipino fishing vessels were also seen. Balilo said the fishermen were delighted by the presence of the Philippine Coast Guard.

“Aside from China Coast Guard’s regular interrogation about our presence in the area, there was no untoward incident during the patrol,” Balilo said.

The shoal was a site of a standoff in 2012 between Philippine and Chinese government vessels. Since then, China maintained its presence there with its coast guard ships. (Editor: Julie Espinosa)

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