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Often undetected, Chinese vessels and warships cross deeper into the Philippines' territorial seas and closer to home
Mali si Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo na wala sa interes ng Pilipinas ang insidente sa West Philippine Sea.
Maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal says not calling out China's latest harassment 'is tantamount to a public surrender of Philippine interest in Scarborough Shoal'
We wonder how many stories in the high seas are left untold – whether by Philippine Navy troops who would get into confrontations with Chinese ships or Filipino fishermen who are constantly harassed in our own waters
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano also does not want to use the term 'harassment' to refer to a 'Chinese naval warship' ordering a Filipino-crewed commercial ship to change course in Scarborough Shoal
'We stick our noses in and 400,000 Filipino mariners get embroiled in a maritime issue,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr
'It's like a person not caring that his house is being managed by someone else who claims to be the owner,' says expert Jay Batongbacal in response to Malacañang
'It's not a Philippine vessel,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, when asked about the incident involving a Filipino-crewed commercial ship and a 'Chinese warship'
The defense chief also says the encounter between a Chinese vessel that claimed to be a warship and the Filipino crew of a commercial ship ‘should not be blown out of proportion or sensationalized’
The defense chief also rebuts the 'Chinese naval warship' crew’s claim that Panatag Shoal is ‘under the jurisdiction of the Chinese government’
'We will verify the facts of the incident then relevant offices will make the appropriate recommendations,' says the Department of Foreign Affairs
The Chinese vessel insists that the commercial ship change course to avoid the shoal, and then tails it to make sure it stays away from the Chinese-controlled area in the West Philippine Sea