China harassed resupply mission to BRP Sierra Madre – Alejano

Philippine Navy landing ship BRP Benguet (LS-507) was harassed and challenged by China PLA Navy vessel with bow number 549 and Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) vessel with bow number 3368 during a resupply mission to BRP Sierra Madre in Ayungin Shoal on May 11, Magdalo Party-List Representative Gary Alejano said.

“According to my sources in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Armed Forces of the Philippines has lodged a complaint to the DFA regarding a recent case of harassment by Chinese forces, this time in Ayungin Shoal,” Alejano said.

“On May 11, during a reprovisioning mission for our troops in Ayungin, LS507 of the Philippine Navy was challenged and harassed by the Coast Guard and the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) of China,” the lawmaker added.

The Philippines stands that Ayungin Shoal is part of its continental shelf.

“When the Philippine Navy ship launched a rubber boat to resupply BRP Sierra Madre, a chopper of PLAN hovered in a close and dangerous distance. The PLAN chopper was so close that sea water splash entered the rubber boat,” Alejano added.

“Before, it was only CCG that was challenging and harassing our troops. Now, the CCG was already accompanied by the PLAN. This is a clear threat to our security forces by no less than the Chinese Coast Guard and Navy which obviously requires condemnation from our end,” he noted.