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Esperon said Philippine authorities are unlikely to inspect the Chinese vessels swarming Pag-asa because it may lead to a possible confrontation similar to the incident at Scarborough Shoal in 2012.
Comparing China's behavior to a playground aggressor, Lorenzana told reporters, "Well, the way that they took over Scarborough Shoal, to me that is, that was bullying."
So parang gamitan ng lakas para 'yong kabila ay matakot at umurong, iyon ang nangyari doon sa Scarborough Shoal, iyon ang tinutukoy kong na-bully tayo," Lorenzana lengthily explained in a radio interview.
In July 2016, the United Nations-backed arbitral tribunal ruled that fishermen from the Philippines, China and other countries had traditional fishing rights in Scarborough Shoal. Since the landmark ruling was issued three years ago, China Coast Guard vessels stationed at the shoal have been allowing Filipino fishermen to operate along the exterior of Scarborough Shoal but not inside the lagoon.
A Chinese warship along with other paramilitary vessels have been spotted by the Philippine Coast Guard at Scarborough Shoal, where the Philippine patrol unit was challenged by Chinese Coast Guard personnel.
MANILA: The giant clams or Taklobos extracted by Chinese fishing vessels in the Scarborough Shoal have been placed there by Filipino scientists, a maritime expert said.
Manila: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will issue an executive order declaring part of the disputed Scarborough Shoal a marine sanctuary off-limits to all fishermen, a move his office said was supported by Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
Summary: Disputed Scarborough Shoal poised to be declared 'no fishing zone'
MANILA, Muharram 27, 1438, Oct 28, 2016, SPA -- Chinese ships are no longer at the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea and Philippine boats can resume fishing, the Philippine defence minister said on Friday, calling the Chinese departure a "welcome development", Reuters reported.
If China begins to reclaim and militarize Scarborough Shoal, says Philippines President Benigno S.
A Hong Kong newspaper recently cited a source close to the Peoples Liberation Army as saying that China will build an outpost on the Scarborough Shoal. The Philippines claims the shoal as part of its EEZ.
The Philippines claimed Tuesday that the Chinese military has begun fortifying Scarborough Shoal, a disputed outcrop in the South China Sea that China occupied last year.