December 3, 2023

This picture launched by Armed Forces of the Philippines reveals a Chinese language militia vessel (high) close to Philippine Coast Guard vessel BRP Cabra because it approaches Second Thomas Shoal, regionally referred to as Ayungin Shoal, within the disputed areas of South China Sea on Sunday, October 22, 2023. (Armed Forces of the Philippines by way of AP)

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine vessels that have been concerned within the newest rotation and resupply mission introduced supplies for the restore and upkeep of BRP Sierra Madre in Ayungin Shoal.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Colonel Medel Aguilar gave the data in response to questions throughout a press convention with Division of Overseas Affairs in Quezon metropolis on Monday.

“On the supplies, it’s simply to keep up and restore that facility, that vessel,” Aguilar mentioned.

“No have to enumerate any specifics… Simply to guarantee everyone that it’s for the maintenance of the vessel,” he advised reporters.

On Sunday, Chinese language ships hit a resupply boat contracted by AFP and a Philippine Coast Guard ship, inflicting harm to the 2 vessels sure for BRP Sierra Madre.

BRP Sierra Madre is a commissioned Philippine Navy ship.

It’s a grounded World Struggle II-era boat that has hosted a small contingent of navy personnel since 1999.

The troopers’ presence within the space asserts Philippines’ declare on Ayungin Shoal, a low-tide elevation about 194 kilometers (105 nautical miles) off Palawan.

The place is properly throughout the nation’s unique financial zone in West Philippine Sea (WPS).

Nonetheless, Beijing is asserting it supposedly owns most elements of South China Sea — together with WPS.

It beforehand drew a ten-dash line, which was once a nine-dash line, for this objective.

However China’s declare was dismissed by a global tribunal in 2016.

China disregarded the landmark ruling, saying Philippine vessels are “trespassing” on what they imagine are its territory.

Beijing is now saying its vessels blocked the Philippine ships this weekend as a result of the boats have been allegedly bringing “unlawful” development supplies to BRP Sierra Madre.

Aguilar, nonetheless, burdened even when the Philippine fleet brings development supplies to BRP Sierra Madre, Philippines has each proper to rehabilitate the ship.

“BRP Sierra Madre is our vessel and it’s inside our rights to restore it, to make it possible for it’s liveable for our troops …” he mentioned.


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