PHL protests China’s confiscation of fish aggregating devices from Filipinos in Scarborough

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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said that today, August 20 a diplomatic protest was lodged against China.

The protest was lodged due to “illegal confiscation by the Chinese Coast Guard of fish aggregating devices (payaos) of Filipino fishermen in Bajo de Masinloc (Scarborough Shoal) in May.”

“The Philippines also resolutely objected to China’s continuing illicit issuances of radio challenges [against] Philippine aircraft conducting legitimate regular maritime patrols in the West Philippine Sea,” it added.