MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government has “fired off” a diplomatic protest over recent reports that hundreds of Chinese vessels were spotted circling Pag-asa Island in the South China Sea.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said this over Twitter on Wednesday after National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. said he recommended the filing of such protest.
READ: Diplomatic protest sought vs Chinese vessels circling Pag-asa Island
“Diplomatic protest fired off,” Locsin said.
Diplomatic protest fired off. https://t.co/7KsQqrZJFD
— Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) July 31, 2019
Esperon said that last July 24, some 113 Chinese vessels were spotted circling Pag-asa Island, the Philippines’ biggest outpost in the contested waterway. /muf
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