Maritime Situational Awareness

Tolentino sees WPS coral harvesting as a prelude to reclamation

Tolentino sees WPS coral harvesting as a prelude to reclamation

Sen. Francis “Tol” Tolentino believes there’s something deeper in China’s coral harvesting endeavors in Iroquios or Rozul Reef in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), saying that it might be a prelude to reclamation.   “May iba pang plano siguro po riyan, di...

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‘Walang natira’: AFP suspects China behind massive coral harvesting in Rozul Reef

‘Walang natira’: AFP suspects China behind massive coral harvesting in Rozul Reef

Released / WESCOM MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) confirmed that the Rozul Reef — an area within West Philippine Sea where Chinese vessels were seen swarming — has been completely stripped off of its naturally occurring corals.  ...

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Heightened swarming activities of Chinese fishing vessels monitored in 3 WPS key areas

Heightened swarming activities of Chinese fishing vessels monitored in 3 WPS key areas

Chinese fishing vessels continue to swarm in three key areas in the West Philippine Sea, the Western Command (Wecom) has disclosed citing its recent aerial patrols. In a statement, the Wescom said the heightened presence of Chinese fishing vessels were noticed in...

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Tolentino sees WPS coral harvesting as a prelude to reclamation

Senate maritime panel told: ‘Greater West PH Sea’ sounds good, but int’l recognition unlikely

“Can Congress change the name of the West Philippine Sea to Greater West Philippine Sea?”  Senator Francis Tolentino raised this question on Thursday, September 14 as he broached the idea of renaming the West Philippine Sea (WPS) in a bid to strengthen the country’s...

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P100M worth of illegal fish catch, vessels seized by gov’t operatives in Lucena City

P100M worth of illegal fish catch, vessels seized by gov’t operatives in Lucena City

TWO purse seine vessels, paraphernalia, and fish harvest with an estimated market worth of more than Php 100 million were seized by Philippine law enforcement authorities today, 09 September 2023, off the coast of Tayabas Bay in Lucena City.   Coast Guard...

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