Military verifying reports Chinese vessels spotted near Pag-asa Island

MANILA – The military said it is verifying reports of alleged Chinese activities near Pagasa Island.

This was emphasized by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief, Col. Edgard Arevalo, following the revelation of Magdalo Partylist Rep. Gary Alejano citing information from a military source that Chinese vessels were spotted north of Pag-asa island three days ago.

In a press conference Tuesday, Alejano said a Philippine government ship from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) was allegedly prevented from going near the sandbars generally west of the disputed island.

Arevalo said the AFP will not issue any other comment until they have verified the said information. with Filane Mikee Cervantes/