Two buoys in WPS beforehand reported as eliminated nonetheless in place

Whitsun Reef buoy. STORY: Two buoys in WPS previously reported as removed still in place

Picture from the Philippine Coast Guard

MANILA, Philippines — The 2 navigational buoys at Balagtas Reef and at Julian Felipe Reef within the West Philippine Sea (WPS) stay intact, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) confirmed on Tuesday.

Earlier within the day, the PCG deployed a Cessna Caravan 2081 aircraft in Palawan to hold out a maritime area consciousness flight, in keeping with the PCG spokesperson for WPS affairs, Commo. Jay Tarriela.

“Following the operation, it was confirmed that the 2 navigational buoys in Balagtas Reef (Irving) and Julian Felipe Reef (Whitsun) which had been beforehand reported as eliminated, are nonetheless of their authentic positions,” Tarriela mentioned in an announcement.

“The PCG’s profitable mission in Palawan is a reminder of its unwavering dedication to making sure the security and safety of Philippine waters.”

Earlier, a Chinese language media report claimed that Chinese language fishermen had collected all of the buoys deployed by the Philippines with the safety of Chinese language Coast Guard vessels.

Irving Reef buoy

Picture from the Philippine Coast Guard

Nevertheless, the PCG spokesperson, Rear Adm. Armand Balilo, mentioned that eight of the ten markers thus far positioned within the waters off the Kalayaan Island Group (KIG)  remained “intact” of their designated areas throughout the nation’s 370-kilometer unique financial zone. He couldn’t, nevertheless, verify the standing of the buoys at Balagtas Reef and at Julian Felipe Reef.

The 2 buoys had been among the many 5 30-foot markers that the PCG put in from Might 10 to 12.

Three different markers had been dropped by the PCG Job Power Kaligtasan sa Karagatan within the waters close to the Philippine-occupied islands of Patag (Flat), Kota (Loaita), and Panata (Lankiam Cay), that are all below the municipality of Kalayaan in Palawan province.

In 2022, 5 buoys had been put in close to the islands of Lawak (Nanshan), Likas (West York), Parola (Northeast Cay), and Pag-asa (Thitu).


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