Philippines foreign minister issues expletive-laced tweet over China sea dispute

The chief Filipino diplomat insulted China and called on the regime to leave the disputed waters

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The National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea on April 28 reported that three Chinese Coast Guard vessels continue their "illegal presence" in Bajo de Masinloc or the Panatag Shoal off Zambales, one in the municipality of Kalayaan in Palawan, and another one in Ayungin Shoal.

The Philippines has protested China's "dangerous maneuver" against its Coast Guard that patrolled and trained last month near a South China Sea shoal, with Manila's top diplomat issuing expletive-laden remarks towards Beijing. We do not. we are trying.is yoursThe diplomat added. It is located 150 miles (240 kilometers) west of the main island of Luzon in the Philippines.

Xi Jinping and Rodrigo Duterte
Xi Jinping and Rodrigo Duterte

The recent dispute between Manila and Beijing over these resource-rich waters, which China claims nearly entirely, erupted in March, after hundreds of Chinese ships were spotted inside the Philippines' special economic zone.

Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr. hit out at China on Monday amid the ongoing tensions between the two countries over the South China Sea.

Members of Makabansa trooped to the US Embassy in Manila for a lighting rally on Labor Day following their Opening Congress in Tondo, Manila to voice their objections to the American presence in the disputed waterway, which is claimed by China, the Philippines, and several other countries.

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It was seized by China in 2012 and subsequently ignored a 2016 decision by an worldwide court that declared its historic claim over most of the South China Sea to be unfounded.

Beijing took control in 2012 and always ignored a decision issued by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), based in The Hague (Netherlands), which ruled in 2016 in Manila, saying that Beijing had no "historical right" to do so.

The DFA added it rejects the April 26 statement of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs that China has sovereignty over Bajo de Masinloc. However, after leaving Julian Felipe Reef, some of the Chinese vessels remained scattered in nearby features of the WPS.

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Cold relations between the two countries intensified under President Rodrigo Duterte, who canceled the ruling in exchange for trade and investment promises that critics say have largely failed to deliver.

The Philippines will continue maritime exercises inside its 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea, the country's defense minister said on Sunday, despite a call by China to stop actions that it said could escalate disputes.

'Our statements are stronger because of the more brazen nature of the activities, the number, frequency and proximity of intrusions, ' Marie Yvette Banzon-Abalos, executive director for strategic communications at the foreign ministry, said.

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