February 9, 2023

Filipino Guardian

Sentinels of Filipino Free Press

Philippine Navy supply boat receives a radio challenge from the Chinese Coast Guard

A Philippine Navy boat received a radio challenge from the Chinese Coast Guard over the weekend while on a resupply mission to the Ayungin Shoal in the Western Philippine Sea (WPS).

According to Carlo Mateo’s report on Sunday’s Super Radyo dzBB, the radio challenge was confirmed by Major Cherryl Tindog, spokesman for the Philippines Armed Forces Western Command.

Philippine Navy Ika-11 supply mission in the western Philippine Sea, Nakatanggap of the Chinese Coast Guard’s radio challenge. | about Carlo Mateo pic.twitter.com/VVLYdRNzhm

— DZBB Super Radyo (@dzbb) December 18, 2022

Tindog said the Philippine Navy completed the resupply mission for the BRP Sierra Madre crews in Ayungin Shoal on Dec. 17.

In a statement, WESCOM said China’s radio challenges would claim that the sea area near the Philippine ship was “under the jurisdiction of the People’s Republic of China” and that they were allowing supplies to be delivered.

It also warned that bringing in building materials “will be handled”.

These radio challenges would always be followed, according to WESCOM, by CCG’s shadowing and close-range maneuvers against Philippine supply boats to attempt to disrupt the mission.

The Philippine supply boats, on the other hand, would respond and continue on their planned route despite the challenges, she added.

Meanwhile, WESCOM commander Vice Admiral Alberto Carlos reiterated the importance of the BRP Sierra Madre, which serves as the country’s closest outpost to China’s military garrison on Mischief Reef.

Located in our country’s exclusive economic zone, the Mischief Garrison is China’s military installation closest to Palawan. Because of this, resupply missions are vital to maintaining our presence in Ayungin,” said Carlos. — BM, GMA Integrated News