The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has said that Parola-class patrol vessel BRP Cabra (MRRV-4409) drove away Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy ship 189 from Marie Louise Bank which is 147 nautical miles from shoreline of El Nido, Palawan on July 13.
According to PCG report, BRP Cabra monitored the activity of said Chinese PLA Navy ship and sent a radio challenge.
“Lumapit rin ang PCG vessel para mas maaninag ang aktibidad na isinasagawa ng Chinese Navy Warship sa katubigan,” PCG said. “Nang walang matanggap na verbal response, ginamit ng BRP Cabra (MRRV-4409), sa pangunguna ni Commander Erwin Tolentino, ang Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) para ipahatid ang verbal challenge sa Chinese Navy Warship.”
After the verbal challenge, the Chinese PLA Navy ship moved to leave Marie Louise Bank. The PCG vessel followed to make sure the Chinese PLA Navy ship will leave the said location which is within Philippines exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
“Nang maramdaman na humigit-kumulang 500-600 yarda o 0.25–0.30 nautical mile lang ang distansya ng BRP Cabra (MRRV-4409) sa kanilang barko, nagpahatid ng radio message ang Chinese Navy Warship: “Philippine Coast Guard 4409, this is Chinese Navy Warship 189. Please keep two nautical miles distance from me”,” PCG said.
PCG said BRP Cabra continued its course on guarding the Chinese PLA Navy ship using Rules on the Use of Force (RUF) until the Chinese PLA Navy ship ultimately left Marie Louise Bank with speed of 9.4 knots.
“Ang bawat desisyon at aksyon ng BRP Cabra (MRRV-4409) ay naka-base sa ‘PCG MANUAL ON RULES ON THE USE OF FORCE WITHIN THE PHILIPPINES’ EEZ’. Ito ay para masiguro na ‘RULES-BASED AND PEACEFUL APPROACH’ ang ginagamit sa pagtataguyod ng soberanya at pagpoprotekta sa karapatan ng Pilipinas at mga Pilipino sa katubigan,” PCG said.