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Against the reported swarming in the WPS, DFA was ready to take diplomatic measures.

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Once it receives a verifiable report on the alleged swarming of Chinese warships between Iroquois Reef and Sabina Shoal in the West Philippine Sea, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is ready to take diplomatic action.

As of late Tuesday, DFA spokesman Ma. Teresita Daza texted, “What I know is DFA is awaiting formal reports and will take proper diplomatic action once infractions have been verified.”

Vice Admiral Alberto Carlos, head of Western Command, was mentioned in a recent news article as saying that since early this year, scores of Chinese boats have been approaching Palawan much more closely.

193 notes verbales have been submitted by the Philippine government to date, 65 of which were submitted when President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.

The DFA issued the most recent one on December 12 in protest of the Chinese Coast Guards’ confiscation of debris that the Philippine Navy had collected off Pag-asa Island.

READ: US supports PH despite reports of Chinese swarming in Sabina Shoal and Iroquois

In a verbal exchange on Tuesday, China accused the United States of interfering in the South China Sea conflicts after Manila joined Washington in raising concerns over the “escalated swarms” of Chinese ships.

The Chinese Embassy in Manila stated that Ned Price’s speech “contains false claims against China that attempt to stir up controversy and draw a wedge between China and the Philippines,” but it offered no specific comments or denials regarding the alleged swarming.

It stated that China and the Philippines had already decided to manage the maritime dispute through consultation and dialogue and to “position it at an appropriate place in the bilateral relations.”

“The US keeps interfering in the South China Sea issues and attempting to stoke tensions amongst regional nations, which is detrimental to regional peace and stability. The US has acted solely to further its own geopolitical goals, not to aid anyone “It read.

“We call on the US to stop inciting conflict, sowing enmity between China and the Philippines, and undermining South China Sea stability by utilizing the South China Sea problem.”

The majority of the South China Sea falls inside China’s so-called “nine-dash line,” which also touches the exclusive economic zone of the Philippines.

China continues to disobey the invisible line, which was declared unlawful by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague in 2016 in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

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