Posted by: Chuck | September 6, 2013


English: U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gate...

English: U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates (right) and Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Victor Ibrado (left, saluting) review the troops on Camp Aguinaldo, the national headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Manila, Philippines, June 1, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MANILA, Philippines — Amid long-running tension between Manila and Beijing over the hotly-contested West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin admitted that China has committed fresh violations over the disputed territory.

“We do not want to preempt the information… it has to go through channels yet. They made new violations [Meron silang panibagong violations],” he told reporters at Camp Aguinaldo but did not give further details, emphasizing that these violations were “very recent.”

U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19...

U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), right, and the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Ballarat (FF 155) transit the South China Sea. (Photo credit: Official U.S. Navy Imagery)

Asked if the Philippines would file a protest, Gazmin only said he was still waiting for the documents.

The Philippines had sought for arbitration under the United Nations Conventions on the Law of the Sea to pursue its claims in the West Philippine Sea. It filed a diplomatic protest as Chinese ships continued to come and go into the resource-rich areas of Panatag (Scarborough) and Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal), which were both within the country’s 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone. (Source: Inquire GLOBAL NEWS 9/3/13)

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