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[Philippines] China chopper harasses PH rubber boat in Ayungin Shoal – lawmaker

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发表于 2018-5-30 20:29 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
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; C* J- X; I9 ]Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano does not categorically call it a form of 'harassment' in the West Philippine Sea, as he prefers to label it an 'incident'
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Published 6:35 PM, May 30, 2018
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& a* a! Y% I6 bBRP SIERRA MADRE. This aerial photo  taken from a military aircraft shows the dilapidated Sierra Madre ship of the Philippine Navy anchored near Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) with Philippine soldiers onboard to secure the perimeter in the Spratly Islands, on May 11, 2015. File photo by Ritchie Tongo/AFP  . Z" @' l# K+ u* ^( J$ N

( {" g: e3 o, h+ Y. ^BRP SIERRA MADRE. This aerial photo taken from a military aircraft shows the dilapidated Sierra Madre ship of the Philippine Navy anchored near Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) with Philippine soldiers onboard to secure the perimeter in the Spratly Islands, on May 11, 2015. File photo by Ritchie Tongo/AFP
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MANILA, Philippines – Hovering "in a close and dangerous distance," a Chinese navy chopper harassed a Philippine Navy rubber boat in Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), a lawmaker said.
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In a statement on Wednesday, May 30, Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano said the alleged harassment in Ayungin Shoal happened on May 11.! v  g" E" l- U2 S" q5 Y; J6 Y

, O# Z4 A- p1 Z& y  _Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Wednesday, however, did not categorically call it a form of "harassment," as he preferred to label it an "incident." He said the Philippines, in any case, has filed a diplomatic protest.
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# e8 d' ?6 g* a" \9 S6 HCiting his sources from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Alejano explained that "the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has lodged a complaint with the DFA" regarding this recent case.; A6 _3 j, P9 l6 _7 x- K+ V% C! {

" q6 h3 X, l. }7 N- U$ pHe said the Chinese Coast Guard and the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) "challenged and harassed" the Philippine Navy.0 ]) @7 s! B; l$ l; `& @

7 g) \, Z8 s: i4 QThe Philippine Navy was then conducting "a reprovisioning mission for our troops" at the BRP Sierra Madre in Ayungin Shoal.
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$ P- T; X/ p1 ?. K7 N"When the Philippine Navy ship launched a rubber boat to resupply BRP Sierra Madre, a chopper of PLAN hovered in a close and dangerous distance. The PLAN chopper was so close that seawater splash entered the rubber boat," Alejano said.' F- \! [- B0 f7 q8 h! H

1 `. P+ W* ^$ M5 C; A. b# sHe added that "the said Chinese forces were aboard Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) with bow number 3368 and PLAN ship with bow number 549."' l+ r# h3 ^& M# p. [3 O' h6 ]
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"Before, it was only CCG that was challenging and harassing our troops. Now, the CCG was already accompanied by the PLAN. This is a clear threat to our security forces by no less than the Chinese Coast Guard and Navy which obviously requires condemnation from our end," added Alejano.
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Ayungin Shoal is a tiny group of islets and reefs about 200 kilometers (120 miles) northwest of the Philippine island of Palawan, the nearest major landmass. This is where a handful of Marines living on a grounded World War II-era ship serve as the Philippines' last line of defense against China's efforts to control the West Philippine Sea.+ N/ m: `, [' J# l8 b

( A0 H, r6 e" E) j0 b- X7 g( TCayetano: It's an incident
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In his statement about the recent Ayungin Shoal case, Alejano then criticized Cayetano for supposedly not filing a diplomatic protest against China's moves.
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"Secretary Cayetano should not feign ignorance and act clueless as if his office is not receiving pertinent information," Alejano said.# L6 E, D9 x9 k" n9 w

3 r! s+ n0 Q- z5 p7 Q& e$ n; qAlejano also brought up this alleged harassment when he spoke in a hearing at the House of Representatives regarding the West Philippine Sea.1 e3 M2 [' f& b! j) y  `
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"While we are talking and we want to have a good relationship with China, why are we being harassed on the ground?" Alejano asked in a mix of English and Filipino.
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! S$ N: k2 f6 M+ RCayetano acknowledged this incident at the House of Representatives hearing on Wednesday.
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He said this is the only incident "on a different level" for the past two years.
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, G7 M; w/ {4 c" |Other instances only involve China "telling us on the radio that 'this is Chinese territory, you are entering it,'" while the Philippines responds, "You are in Philippine territory."/ l  h( E8 s  Q& a. |) P9 c

6 D& D" Z( G0 H0 F( C"We are dealing with that. We filed a protest regarding that. We had a meeting. The President had strong instructions," Cayetano said, adding that he preferred to give more details in an executive session.
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: }( `' Q/ `; J2 ]. P+ hIn an interview with reporters before the executive session, Cayetano was also asked about this reported harassment.- h/ ], M( N, p, b* p4 L6 j

% g# d6 O+ I7 M3 |# I"Eh ang problema naman kasi sa mga kritiko, tingnan ka lang ng Chinese, harassment na eh (The problem with critics is that if the Chinese only look at you, they consider it harassment)," Cayetano said.
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A journalist later asked Cayetano regarding the May 11 incident: "You don't consider it harassment?"
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7 ?/ R4 A& I/ L  WCayetano answered: "I'm not saying it's not harassment. I'm saying harassment is a generic word and we're talking why it happened. The military does not report it as harassment. The military reports it factually kung ano (as it is). Harassment is ano eh (what), what's it, an adverb?"6 l7 O# Z+ D8 Q; w$ ~' ?) j
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Another reporter interjected, "Therefore, ano po ang tamang nangyari, sir (what really happened, sir)?"
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"It's an incident. It's an incident," Cayetano said.
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"What incident po, secretary?" the reporter asked.1 F  P9 n, f+ B; W6 O0 w$ ]

9 E  H2 n9 d+ I* x" ]. }! [7 U4 kThe Philippines' top diplomat answered, "That's what we don't discuss in public." – with reports from Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com
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