China continues illegal presence of 5 coastguard vessels in West Philippine Sea – NTF-WPS


The National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea (NTF-WPS) revealed in a statement April 28 that China is maintaining illegal presence of 5 Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) vessels in West Philippine Sea.

NTF-WPS said for the period April 15-22 the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reported that there were no direct incidents between the CCG and Filipino fishermen, in both the Municipality of Kalayaan and Bajo de Masinloc (BdM), for the third consecutive week.


“An average of twenty (20) Filipino fishing boats and service boats were monitored fishing within the territorial sea of Bajo de Masinloc,” the task force said.

“The Area Task Forces, however, reported the continued illegal presence of three (3) Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) vessels in BdM, one (1) CCG vessel in Municipality of Kalayaan, and one (1) CCG vessel in Ayungin Shoal. These incursions are under review for the possible filing of appropriate diplomatic actions,” the NTF-WPS said. “In response to the continued illegal presence of CCGs, the PCG conducted maritime patrols in the Municipality of Kalayaan and BdM, coinciding with its ongoing maritime capacity building exercises, Task Force Pagsasanay.