Marcos summons Chinese envoy
Beijing blames Philippines for laser incident
MANILA, Philippines — President Marcos summoned China’s ambassador yesterday to relay his “serious concern” over the actions of Chinese ships against the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Filipino fishermen in the West Philippine Sea.
The development came a day after the PCG reported an incident on Feb. 6 wherein a Chinese coast guard ship beamed a military-grade laser light on PCG vessel BRP Malapascua, which was then assisting in the delivery of provisions to a Philippine military outpost on Ayungin Shoal.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Wenbin, however, blamed the Philippines for the incident, saying the Chinese coast guard’s action was “in accordance with China’s domestic law and international law,” as the Philippine vessel “intruded” into the area without permission
US backs Philippine in new dispute with China
THE United States renewed a warning that it would defend its treaty ally if Filipino forces come under attack in the disputed South China Sea, after a Chinese coast guard ship allegedly hit a Philippine patrol vessel with a military-grade laser that briefly blinded some of its crew.