Close  
  • share this

Foreign ships harass mayor of disputed isle

/ 05:33 AM May 18, 2013

This undated photo handout released by the Kayalaan Municipal office on July 13, 2011 shows the island of Kalayaan, which means “Freedom” in the Filipino language, that was created in 1978 mainly to assert the Philippines’ claim to the disputed territory in the Spratlys, a chain of islets in the South China Sea. For the few dozen Filipinos living on a remote speck of land in the South China Sea, each day is a battle against loneliness but also a love affair with nature. Contact with the outside world is limited and comforts are few for the residents of “Freedom” town, which exists mainly to raise the Philippine flag and fend off the other claimants to the Spratly islands. AFP PHOTO/Kayalaan Municipal office/HO

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY—The mayor of Kalayaan town in Palawan was harassed by two unidentified vessels while traveling with around 200 others by sea toward midnight on Thursday.

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, two days after casting their votes.

ADVERTISEMENT

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.

FEATURED STORIES

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

He said the vessels came as close as 30 meters, following them for about an hour with heavy spotlight.

Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Ayungin Shoal, Bito-onon, Kalayaan town, Mischief Reef, Pag-asa Island, Palawan
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
newsinfo

MRT-3, LRT-1, LRT-2, PNR resume operations

April 23, 2019 07:25 AM

newsinfo

Temblor kills 8 in Pampanga

April 23, 2019 07:25 AM

newsinfo

Palace confirms ‘oust-Duterte’ plot

April 23, 2019 07:24 AM

globalnation

DFA: No Filipinos killed in Sri Lanka blasts

April 23, 2019 07:22 AM




© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.