PH dismisses China's threat against escalation in Ayungin Shoal

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

March 18, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – How has the Philippine government responded to China’s warning not to escalate any more tension in the disputed Ayungin Shoal in the South China Sea?

By shrugging it off.

Philippine Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma Reasons that the Ayungin Reef, internationally called the Second Thomas Shoal, is part of the Philippines’ territory.

Manila has said it plans to risk China’s ire by sending a civilian ship in the area to feed its troops stationed in an abandoned ship called the BPR Sierra Madre.

China has responded and has told the Philippines to abandon the disputed shoal or face consequences.

Meanwhile, a top US Pacific commander wants to assure the Philippines that it will remain the United States’ military ally.

Vice Admiral Robert Thomas says the United States’ 62-year alliance with the Philippines remains key to America’s efforts to ensure the stability and prosperity of the Western Pacific.

He sailed to Manila on Tuesday aboard his command ship the USS Blue Ridge days after the latest of a series of hostile encounters between the Philippines and China in disputed territories in the South China Sea.

National Chair of US Pinoys for Good Governance Loida Nicolas Lewis says while the Philippines isn’t prepared to go head to head with China in a military conflict, she believes it is prepared to pursue all diplomatic measures to curb the tension.

“A stand-off in terms of navy to navy, of course not,” she said. “But we are ready in the sense that I’m sure our foreign service is very busy contacting all the other Asian countries.”

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  • Kikay Pang0
    19 March 2014 at 6:04 am - Reply

    China is Taking BIG and Taking , as usual Phil govt. using the 1951 mutual agreement treaty as their resistance to make them look tough . US lawmakers should review all existing signed treaty and terminate the agreement if needed to all leeching Nation like the Phil. govt. who purposely intend to stay forever in Third World category .

  • Peter
    19 March 2014 at 11:55 am - Reply

    China will try to grab or provoke any PH Naval movements into our Islands. In my opinion ,this is another test run from the Chinese Navy. They want to find out if US 7th fleet will move-in to help PH. They see weakness on US leadership. Putin got Crimea, Obama got bankrupt Kiev. If there is no help from the US fleet, Taiwan, the crown jewel of China is next.

  • Noel Garcia
    19 March 2014 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Dito magaling ang Pilipinas sa pag deny and deny tungkol sa totoong nangyayari na sa Ayungin Shoal. Ni walang Contingency Plan ang AFP Kung lalaban ang Marine Troops at Kung paano mag reinforce in support of our Marine Troops. Baka bukas me mangyari nang bakbakan dyan at sapilitan kukunin ng Chinese Navy’s yan Ayungin Shoal at strategic area yan near our ( before ) mischief reef na kinuha din ng sapilitan with our only 2 PN station there. Boomerang yan sinabi ng govt natin na walang mangyari sa Ayungin Shoal. Mark my word kukunin nila yan in the soonest time at na apply na nila yung Cabbage Strategy at nagtagumpay sila. Eventually they will take Philippines and will drive away all Filipinos at alam nila meron tayong Benham Rise and other Natural Resources. God Bless Philippines!

  • Noel Garcia
    19 March 2014 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    Yan picture na yan ay Hindi yan ang Ayungin Shoal at yan ang Pag Asa Island po!

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