Chinese Coast Guard harassed Kalayaan officials visiting BRP Sierra Madre

In a special report from ABS-CBN News website, Officials from the Kalayaan Municipal Office were harassed by the Chinese Coast Guard. This incident occurred August 1 when they visited BRP Sierra Madre in Ayungin Shoal to bring supplies to troops deployed on the said ship.

Officials of the Kalayaan Municipal Office also went to Ayungin Shoal to prepare the upcoming visit of Kalayaan Mayor.

The said China Coast Guard vessel is CCG vessel 3111 a 70-meter surveillance ship.

The municipal officials were forced to pass by shallow waters where the large vessel of Chinese Coast Guard is unable to follow. Kalayaan executive assistant Joey Vincent Rabanal said that freedom of innocent passage is being deprived by the Chinese government.

He added that fishermen in the territory are also feeling some threat due more aggressive behavior of Chinese Coast Guard that started after the arrest of 11 Chinese fishermen last May.

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