By Junex Doronio
November 22, 2022
Subi Reef (Planet Labs/Handout via REUTERS)
MANILA — Despite the recent friendly encounter between President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Chinese vessels continue to harass Philippine forces as exemplified by the Chinese Coast Guard’s grabbing of an unidentified floating object found by a Philippine naval station team and the repetitive blasts from one of China’s artificial islands near Pag-asa Island in Kalayaan, Palawan.
These incidents prompted National Security Adviser Clarita Carlos to recommend to President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to send a note verbal (a diplomatic communication prepared in the third person and unsigned) to China.
“Siguro ‘yung puwedeng i-disclose sa public ‘yung dati nating ginagawa, mag-note verbale tayo sa China. Sabihin natin na kakausap pa lang ni Xi Jinping at ni President Bongbong sa Cambodia at doon nila sinabi na talagang tutukuran nila constructive engagement at critical dialogue at ito nangyari naman ito,” Carlos said on Tuesday, November 22, in an interview with Dobol B TV.
Meanwhile, Palawan residents reported series of explosions reportedly started from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m, Sunday, November 20.
Each set of explosions had a 30-minute interval and lasted for about five to 10 minutes causing the ground to shake, they claimed.
Gathered from a spot report of Palawan police, residents believed that the blasts were coming from “artillery guns/weapons on the Subi Reef,” which is near the artificial islands built by China in the area.
It was learned that the explosions occurred after the incident involving the Philippines’ Naval Station Emilio Liwanag (NSEL) and Chinese Coast Guard off Pag-asa Island. (ai/mtvn)