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Patrols in disputed waters warned by Chinese on daily basis —AFP


Philippine aircraft and vessels conducting routine patrols in the West Philippine Sea are confronted by Chinese military on a daily basis, Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff General Carlito Galvez Jr.  said on Monday.

Galvez said the Philippine patrols just respond to the Chinese but continue on their path.

He added that the Philippine patrols would continue even if they were confronted by the Chinese.

"It's ano, it's really a parang daily ano na 'yun, daily occurrence na 'yun and our ano, our soldiers, our pilots just comply with the ano, respond. We are just doing routine flight on our jurisdictions, territory, then we just continue the path, we have a predestined path," Galvez said.

"Kumbaga sa ano, meron tayong flight line na plotted na 'yun so daily occurrence 'yan, every day na may ano, merong ano 'yan, kung we fly three times a day, three times mag aano 'yan, magcha-challenge to include 'yung sa ships," Galvez added. 

Video taken by a crew of the British network BBC on board a US patrol aircraft caught the sound of Chinese military warning a Philippine patrol near the area.

"Philippine military aircraft! I'm warning you again. Leave immediately or you will bear responsibility for all the consequences!" the Chinese was heard as saying over radio.

The Chinese also warned the US aircraft with the BBC crew on board.

"US military aircraft Papa 8 Alpha. This is Zhubi Reef. China has sovereignty over the Nansha Islands and adjacent waters. Leave immediately and keep far off," the Chinese said.

A separate report by CNN also bared that Chinese forces gave warnings to the US Navy P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance plane which flew past the Spratly islands where China has established military outposts on Subi Reef, Fiery Cross Reef, Johnson Reef and Mischief Reef.

During the said flight, the US plane received six separate warnings from the Chinese military. —Anna Felicia Bajo/NB, GMA News

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