Philippines protests `blocking' of its patrol ships by China

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It was seized by China in 2012 and subsequently ignored a 2016 decision by an worldwide court that declared its historic claim over most of the South China Sea to be unfounded.

NPR reported in March that China had about 220 vessels at the Whitsun Reef, which is claimed by the Philippines, China and Vietnam.

China has no law enforcement rights in the Philippines' territorial waters, the DFA said, noting that the presence of Chinese ships in waters of Pag-asa Islands, Bajo de Masinloc, and exclusive economic zone "raises serious concern".

'China, my friend, how politely can I put it? Let me see. GET THE FUCK OUT, ' Locsin said in a tweet from his personal account.

The Philippines has fired-off another diplomatic protest against China, objecting to "the shadowing, blocking, unsafe maneuver, and radio challenges by the Chinese Coast Guard [CCG] against the Philippine Coast Guard [PCG] vessels conducting maritime patrols and training exercises in the vicinity of Bajo de Masinloc on April 24 and 25, 2021".

China has refused repeated calls from the Philippines to withdraw the boats, and tensions have intensified as Manila steps up maritime patrols in the area.

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'What are you doing to our friendship? You.

The comments by Teodoro Locsin, known for blunt remarks, follow Manila's protests for what it calls the "illegal" presence of hundreds of Chinese boats inside the Philippines' 331 kilometre Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). "Not us. We're trying", he replied to a news article on the diplomatic protests.

Members of Makabansa trooped to the US Embassy in Manila for a lighting rally on Labor Day following their Opening Congress in Tondo, Manila to voice their objections to the American presence in the disputed waterway, which is claimed by China, the Philippines, and several other countries. China claims virtually all of the South China Sea.

The DFA said two diplomatic protests have been filed against these acts of the China's Coast Guard, Chinese fishing vessels, and Beijing's maritime militia. In 2016, an arbitration tribunal in The Hague ruled the claim was inconsistent with global law.

The DFA is rejecting China's claim of sovereignty over Bajo de Masinloc, noting that the claim, made by the spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on April 26, was "without basis in global law" and is "not recognized by the worldwide community". However, after leaving Julian Felipe Reef, some of the Chinese vessels remained scattered in nearby features of the WPS.

Once-frosty ties between the two countries had warmed under President Rodrigo Duterte, who set aside the ruling in exchange for promises of trade and investment that critics say have largely not materialised.

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