Booms with ‘Chinese markings’ found well within Philippines a ‘disturbing development’

The Department of National Defense (DND) said it is investigating the alleged Chinese booms that were found and towed by fishermen in Zambales Saturday. “We are awaiting verification on the incident and will investigate the circumstances under which the booms were found and recovered,” DND spokesperson Dr. Peter Paul Galvez said.

The booms were spotted by fishermen floating three nautical miles (approximately 5 kilometers) west of Iba, Zambales 3 pm Saturday. Each booms measures 40 feet long and two meters wide.

Galvez pointed out that the discovery of the booms is a disturbing development given that the booms were supposedly found well within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.

“As we have aimed in the 2002 Declaration of Conduct, we remind all that the Philippines and the ASEAN are committed to peace in the region,” Galvez said.

“Further we advise that all other parties in the region to adhere to and respect the DOC and refrain from selfish and self centered acts that we may all benefit from continued progress and development of the region,” the DND spokesperson added.