MANILA – The Philippines accused the Chinese coast guard on Thursday of robbing Filipino fishermen at gunpoint in a series of fresh confrontations at West Philippine Sea even as a senior government official declared that Panatag Shoal in Zambales is now under belligerent Chinese occupation.
For the first time, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. used the word “occupation” in such a way that depicts China as grabbing part of Philippine territory and placing it under the authority of its hostile army. It is military occupation, in short.
Panatag Shoal, internationally known as Scarborough Shoal and Bajo de Masinloc to Zambales folks, could be the first case of such Chinese occupation in the West Philippine Sea since the 2002 code of conduct was signed.More >
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