Thursday, March 3, 2011

Philippines sends warplanes to investigate Chinese harassment of Filipino oil explorers

The Philippine military sent two warplanes to investigate reports of Chinese patrol ships harassing a local oil exploration ship in a region off Palawan near the disputed Spratly Islands known as Reed Bank. According to Philippine officials, Reed Bank is within Philippine territory. The warplanes were scrambled after the passengers and crew of the ship -- a team of oil explorers hired by the Philippine government -- radioed the nearest post of the Armed Forces of the Philippines' Western Command. According to field reports, the crew of the Chinese patrol boats had ordered the exploration team to leave. Deployment of the planes was described by Philippine military commander Lt. Gen. Juancho Sabban as a "surveillance" mission.
Sabban said he deployed an OV-10 bomber plane and an Islander light aircraft to the Reed Bank to undertake surveillance after the Philippine ship radioed his command that two suspected Chinese patrol boats approached and ordered it to leave the area.

When the planes reached the area, the foreign vessels have left, he said.

"It's clearly our territory," Sabban told the AP. "If they'll bully us, well, even children will fight back."

Indeed, the fight may be a case of a child versus a kung fu master and the trophy is an area considered to be rich in oil deposits.
The Reed Bank lies between the Philippines' offshore Malampaya gas field and the disputed Spratly archipelago, a South China Sea chain claimed in whole or in part by Brunei, China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Unfortunately, the Philippines lacks the brawn to defend its claim on these disputed territories. In response to an earlier incident involving the construction of a "lighthouse" on Subi Reef which is an area also claimed by the Philippines but currently occupied by Chinese military personel, Muntinlupa Rep. Rodolfo Biazon had this to say:
"Whatever we will do will have to be backed up by some mobilization of certain diplomatic, political and even military force but do we have any of those?"

In recent months, the Philippines had stumbled through several high-profile diplomatic gaffes that severely undermined its bargaining leverage in matters that involve three key states of "Greater China" -- Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Mainland China. Despite the Philippine government requesting the Chinese Embassy for an explanation, no comment has so far been issued by any embassy official at the time the Associated Press report on the subject was released.


  1. Ah but you underestimate the "Pro-Pinoy" strike force. Cocoy and his brilliant team of "experts" shall unleash their fury and blog China out of existence. Kaboom!

  2. if we don't have the technology to fight back china..then why don't we let the abu-sayyaf finish these bastards...

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  5. China is just bluffing. She is like a big bull bullying a lion cub. If lion strikes defending self, it she will just turn her back. If China insists on bullying, the world will condemn her. The world know the extent of Philippine territory, by mere practicality.