Philippines files fresh diplomatic protest vs. China’s ‘prolonged presence’ in West PH Sea

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 29)— The country filed another diplomatic protest against the continuing presence of Chinese vessels in the West Philippine Sea.

The protest lodged by the Foreign Affairs department on Friday cited the “incessant deployment, prolonged presence, and illegal activities” of Beijing’s maritime assets and fishing vessels in the vicinity of Pag-asa islands.

The DFA demanded again for the East Asian giant to withdraw the ships in the area, reiterating that Pag-asa “is an integral part of the Philippines over which it has sovereignty and jurisdiction.”

A May 12 report from the National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea stated that nearly 300 Chinese vessels suspected to be maritime militia remain scattered over parts of Kalayaan town in Palawan.

The task force earlier assured the government will continue to beef up its presence in the area, with support from the Philippine National Police maritime patrols.

Last week, the DFA also fired off a protest against China for its "unilateral" fishing ban in the South China Sea.