Photos showing part of the 220-Chinese-militia naval formation last March 7, 2021 175 nautical miles off the coast of Palawan, rightclicked from PTV News, used here non-commercially for academic purposes

(sana po ay may aerial shot ito to see the entire formation)
From GMA News March 21, 2021: “We call on the Chinese to stop this incursion and immediately recall these boats violating our maritime rights and encroaching into our sovereign territory. We are committed to uphold our sovereign rights over the WPS,” said Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana in a statement.

Under UNCLOS and the case Philippines vs. China, PCA Case Nº 2013-19, Permanent Court Arbitration (2016), the Philippines enjoys sovereign rights over its exclusive economic zone (200 nautical miles from territorial sea), and may exclude intruders who interfere with those rights or with the right to exclusively exploit the marine resources in its EEZ. The 220-Chinese-militia naval formation, by its sheer size is obviously one such intrusion whether or not it is undertaking any fishing activity as it is forming a partial physical blockade over the areas it is occupying.

If they are still there, and if China refuses to pull out after diplomatic means have been exhausted, the Philippine national security cluster should meet (if they have not convened about it) to seriously review its protocols and to consider other measures.

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