ABS-CBN News team tailed by Chinese missile boats – report

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A team of ABS-CBN News with reporter Chiara Zambrano aboard a motorboat was reportedly tailed by a Chinese Coast Guard vessel and later by 2 PLA Navy missile boats in West Philippine Sea.

According to report by Chiara Zambrano, they were enroute to Ayungin Shoal, to interview Filipino fishermen regarding their current situation in the West Philippine Sea, when Chinese Coast Guard vessel 5101 approached and contacted them through radio.

Zambrano said the operator of the Filipino motorbanca decided to return to mainland Palawan. The said Chinese Coast Guard vessel tailed them for around 1 hour.

When the Chinese Coast Guard disappeared, 2 Chinese PLA Navy Type 22 missile boat appeared and tailed them for 30 minutes.

According Zambrano, they were approximately 90 nautical miles from nearest coast of mainland Palawan when the two PLA Navy boats tailed them.