DFA sec Locsin files diplomatic protest against China’s continued presence in Kalayaan island off Palawan

In this photo provided Sunday, March 21, 2021, by the Philippine Coast Guard/National Task Force-West Philippine Sea, some of the 220 Chinese vessels are seen moored at Whitsun Reef, South China Sea on March 7, 2021. The Philippine government expressed concern after spotting more than 200 Chinese fishing vessels it believed were crewed by militias at a reef claimed by both countries in the South China Sea, but it did not immediately lodge a protest. (Philippine Coast Guard/National Task Force-West Philippine Sea via AP)

These chinks are really not reading their history seriously. They think they can just pull their weight on us every time they want to.

Foreign affairs secretary Teddy Locsin fired off another diplomatic protest this time against the presence of 287 Chinese militia vessels near the Kalayaan island in the West Philippine Sea.

Locsin also lambasted the National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea for not informing the Department of Foreign Affairs about the presence of these militia vessels before releasing a press statement to the local media.

Last May 9, the Task Force reported the presence of these Chinese vessels around Kalayaan island that lies off and within the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). These vessels are now in Panganiban or Mischief Reef, Lawak island, Pag-Asa island, Ayungin shoal, Panata island, Burgos reef North, Kagitingan Reef and part of the Pagkakaisa banks including Julian Felipe Reef. Some vessels were also spotted near Recto bank.

Locsin, however, has neither confirmed or denied the allegation that Sandy Cay, an island within the EEZ of the Philippines, had already been occupied by China in 2016, a year when Mr. Duterte had already been proclaimed president.

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