SEC. DEL ROSARIO SEEKS DIPLOMATIC RESOLUTION ON SCARBOROUGH SHOAL AS TENSION INCREASES WITH CHINA
Philippine, Chinese vessels in Scarborough Shoal standoff Tina G. Santos Philippine Daily Inquirer Publication Date : 11-04-2012 A Philippine Navy ship and at least two Chinese vessels were locked in a standoff for a second day at the Scarborough Shoal (Philippine name: Panatag Shoal; Chinese name: Huangyan Dao) today after the Philippine Navy caught eight Chinese fishing boats poaching in Philippine waters and was about to apprehend them, the foreign office said. It said Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario had summoned the Chinese Ambassador Ma Keqing to a meeting to resolve the problem diplomatically. A statement from the Department of Foreign Affairs said the confrontation happened two days after a Philippine Navy surveillance plane found the eight Chinese fishing boats anchored inside the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal on April 8. According to the DFA, the Panatag Shoal is an integral part of Philippine territory. "The Shoal is 124 nautical miles from the nearest basepoint in Zambales province. It is within the Philippines' 200 nautical miles Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and Continental Shelf," the DFA said. To protect the marine environment and resources in the Panatag Shoal and to assert Philippine sovereignty and sovereign rights over the area as a responsible coastal state, the Philippine Navy deployed the BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PF-15) from Palawan to Northern Luzon waters on the same day to conduct maritime patrol over the Shoal. "In the course of its patrol, PF <b>...</b>
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