AT least 113 Chinese vessels have surrounded Pag-asa (Thitu) Island, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. confirmed on Wednesday, as he proposed the filing of a diplomatic protest.
Esperon also stressed in a weekly news forum in Manila that the intelligence community was verifying what the Chinese activities near the Philippine-occupied island meant.
He said that China’s may also blocking the supply mission of the Philippine Navy in Pag-asa.
Because of this, the National Task Force on West Philippine Sea, which is headed by Esperon, decided to recommend sending a note verbale to the Chinese Embassy in Manila through the Department of Foreign Affairs. (DEMPSEY REYES)