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Balabac

 

a strait between Balabac Island on the north and the islands of Balambagan and Banggai on the south, connecting the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea. The strait is approximately 50 km wide and 49–151 m deep. To the east, the Strait of Balabac is divided by coral shelves, rising 5 m and 3.5 m below the surface, into two passageways: Lumbukan and the Main Passage.

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citizens should exercise extreme caution if considering travel in the southern Sulu Sea region between Balabac Island and Palawan, in the Philippines; Sabah, Malaysia; and east to Zamboanga City, Mindanao, in the Philippines.
The fishermen, shaken but unharmed by the June 4 incident, immediately left the area, about 130 miles (210 kilometers) off Palawan province's Balabac Island.
Two armed men, believed to be members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), were killed on Montangule village, Balabac Island, at the southern end of Palawan at seven yesterday morning, Armed Forces information chief Lieutenant Colonel Romeo Brawner Jr.
The Philippine military discovered later that Malaysia also erected a similar structure in Investigator Shoal -- Pawikan to the Philippines -- that is approximately 35 nautical miles southwest of Philippine-claimed Commodore Reef -- Rizal to the Philippines, which is 145 nautical miles west of Balabac Island in Palawan Province.
A navy official in Palawan Province said the Malaysians were arrested Sunday afternoon in waters off Balabac Island on the southern tip of Palawan, about 860 kilometers southwest of Manila.
The shoal is approximately 35 nautical miles southwest of the Philippine-claimed Commodore Reef (Rizal to the Philippines), which in turn is 145 nautical miles west of Balabac Island in Palawan Province.