Monday, April 23, 2012

Scarborough Shoal latest updates

Scarborough Shoal kanino nga ba sa Pilipinas ba o sa mga Chinese, sinasabi kasi na kung susukatin sa nagdaang panahon unang namangka ang mga sinaunang China pero kung ibabatay natin sa batas sa Pilipinas ito.

" China withdrew one of three ships engaged in a standoff with Philippines vessels in a
disputed area of the South China Sea on Friday as both sides pursued talks to defuse the
The row underscores broader tension extending back decades over jurisdiction in areas in
the South China believed to be rich in oil and gas and crossed by important shipping
"China's embassy in Manila informed us they have a different mission for one of the three
ships," Raul Hernandez, Philippine foreign affairs spokesman, told a local radio on
Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto del Rosario said both sides put forward proposals to
resolve the dispute, but no agreement had yet been reached.
He gave no details on the proposals, but said he would meet China's ambassador, Ma Keqing,
again on Friday.
"We were able to succeed with moving forward with a few steps, but there are other matters
that remain outstanding so we hope to continue to discuss this," Del Rosario told
On Sunday, Manila dispatched its largest warship, a U.S. Hamilton-class cutter, to
Scarborough Shoal, about 125 nautical miles off the main Philippine island of Luzon, after
a navy aircraft spotted eight Chinese fishing boats docked in the area.
Philippine security officials found one of the boats carrying illegally collected corals,
giant clams, and live sharks and were about to detain the fishermen when they were blocked
by two Chinese surveillance vessels.
A third Chinese vessel arrived on Thursday at the shoal, known in the Philippines as
Panatag Shoal and in China as Huangyan Island. Manila tried to ease tension by replacing
its warship with a coast guard cutter.
Navy chief Vice Admiral Alexander Pama said the Philippine warship was on alert and
stationed at a nearby port for refuelling and restocking of provisions.
"The guidance to us was not to raise the level of tensions, if there are any," Pama said.

Souce : ABS-CBN

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