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RP planes scan Scarborough vs foreign ‘intruders’

Saturday, June 23, 2012

RP planes scan Scarborough vs foreign ‘intruders’


Despite the pullout of government-controlled vessels from Scarborough Shoal as ordered by President Aquino last week, top Defense and military officials yesterday maintained that there was continuous monitoring of the disputed territory through aerial surveillance.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin told reporters that “aerial surveillance” in Scarborough Shoal has been continuing, apparently to monitor situation in the disputed area.

Surveillance aircraft of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Navy are doing the monitoring, he said.
“We are doing that (air surveillance)…but bad weather is hampering it…we are flying there, that is ours,” Gazmin stressed, adding that “airplanes from the Coast Guard and Philippine Navy are doing that alternately,” he added.

On June 15, Aquino ordered the pullout of a PCG’s search and rescue vessel and a maritime surveillance ship of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) from the contested shoal, citing bad weather and rough seas prevailing in the area..... MORE

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