DFA Issues Statement After 3 Chinese Vessels Chase ABS-CBN Crew

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has issued a statement after 3 Chinese vessels allegedly chased the news team of ABS-CBN along the West Philippine Sea.

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Recently, Chiara Zambrano reported that the boat onboard the ABS-CBN news team was chased by Chinese vessels. They went to the area due to reports that several hundred Chinese ships were scattered in the WPS.

They also wanted to interview fishermen in the area.

They were supposed to traverse to Ayungin Shoal because the Armed Forces of the Philippines have a detachment there.

But the Chinese Coast Guard allegedly radioed the boat they were on and asked in English who they were and what they are going to do in the area.

They did nothing but turn back to mainland Palawan and even though they were on their way home, they were chased by a white ship of the Chinese Coast Guard for another hour.

The white ship stopped but two smaller yet faster vessels followed them. The vessels were said to be armed with missiles.

Meanwhile, DFA has issued a statement following the incident.

“Philippine authorities are looking into reports of Chinese vessels are looking into reports of Chinese vessels chasing after a television crew aboard a Philippine vessel in the West Philippine Sea,” DFA said.

The agency added that if the incident was proven true, they will demand the Chinese government for an explanation.

On the other hand, DFA is thankful that none was hurt in the incident.

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