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Anong ginagawa niyo diyan? Palace confirms diplomatic protest vs China over vessels near Pag-asa Island

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By Prince Golez

Malacanang said on Monday the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) already filed a diplomatic protest against China over reports of Chinese ships near Pag-asa Island in the South China Sea.

Quoting the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command, spokesperson Salvador Panelo said a total of 275 Chinese vessels have been spotted in the area from January to March this year.

“I understand we have already issued a diplomatic protest per the Western Command. The DFA has already made a diplomatic protest over it, that incident on the so-called vessels being stationed
there,” said Panelo.

“The mere fact that they are there and just staying there for a week. Bakit? Anong ginagawa nila doon?” he asked.

In the same vein, Panelo said he will “politely” ask Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua later in their meeting about the presence of militia around Pag-asa.

“We will ask if this is true as far as they are concerned. And number 2, if it is true what are they doing there. These people may not be within the knowledge of the Chinese government. Hindi rin natin alam eh. Kung yun kasama nila, inutsuan nila, part of their group,” he added.

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