Pinoy netizens react to a post about artifacts allegedly found in the South China Sea, exclaiming, “It’s West Philippine Sea!”
WEST PHILIPPINE SEA – Filipino netizens couldn’t help but react to a Facebook post about artifacts allegedly found in the South China Sea.
On May 31, China Daily, a China state-controlled media, took to the social networking site, Facebook wherein it posted several photos showing artifacts from shipwrecks. The photos feature a vast collection of over 100,000 cultural artifacts, predominantly consisting of valuable porcelain items.
China Daily claimed that it was taken at a depth of 1,500 meters in the South China Sea, which is located in Southeast Asia, bordered by several countries including China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia.
The post was accompanied by the caption: “More images of the two ancient #shipwrecks found at a depth of 1,500 meters in the #SouthChinaSea are released. It is estimated that more than 100,000 cultural relics — mainly porcelain items — are lying concealed on the spot.”
However, it was flooded with comments coming from Filipino netizens. Some social media users claimed that the photos were taken in the West Philippine Sea.
Meanwhile, the West Philippine Sea is a body of water in the western part of the Philippines, part of the larger South China Sea. It is recognized as part of the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone and continental shelf. The area is rich in resources and important for trade and navigation.
However, territorial disputes with other countries, including China, have complicated the situation. The Philippines asserts its sovereignty based on international law and has pursued peaceful means to resolve disputes. The issue has implications for regional stability and maritime security.
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