China is suspiciously “massing up” navy and coast guard vessels together with maritime militia few nautical miles north of Pag-asa Island in West Philippine Sea, Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano said in a press conference.
“I received information from my sources in the military, stating that since 3 days ago, China has deployed 2 frigates, 1 Coast Guard vessel, and 2 large fishing vessels, with their maritime militia, 1-3 nautical miles north of Pag-asa Island,” Representative Alejano said as quoted by Inquirer.net.
“Further, the report said, two days ago a Philippine government ship from BFAR was prevented by Chinese fishing vessels from going near our sand bars located generally west of Pag-asa Island, around 2-7 miles away,” he added.
He said Chinese action is highly suspicious and threatening considering the fact that China says one thing in public and does another on the ground.
“For example, our fishermen continued to be harassed in West Philippine Sea by Chinese Navy or Coast Guard. Let us not forget what happened in 1995 when they grabbed Mischief Reef from us,” he added.
He said the Philippine government should take this seriously and call the attention of China to order their ships away from Pag-asa Island and file appropriate diplomatic protest against China.
“I call on the Philippine government officials to be transparent in what is happening in West Philippine Sea. We must assert our rights in the midst of talks with China,” he said.
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