Security execs validating reported Chinese airship in PH-claimed reef

first_img“I will defer to the statement issued bythe Secretary of Foreign Affairs. That is again subject always to the NationalSecurity Adviser as well as the Department of National Defensesecretary for validation,” Panelo told reporters Monday. MANILA – Malacañang has deferred tocomment on the reported sighting of a Chinese airship above Mischief orPanganiban Reef in the West Philippine Sea. ImageSat International, which specializes in providing high-resolution satellite imagery and mapping, said in a Twitter post last November 24 that China’s aerostat was sighted over the Mischief Reef on Nov. 18. Satellite image dated November 19 shows China’s aerostat above Mischief or Panganiban Reef in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone. ISI Presidential spokesperson SalvadorPanelo said security officials have yet to verify the report. “And that is again subject always to the National Security Adviser (Hermogenes Esperon), as well as the Department of National Defense Secretary (Delfin Lorenzana) for validation,” he added. Panganiban Reef, which is being reclaimed by China, is located within the Philippines’ 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone or the West Philippine Sea. He said that security officials always release statements relative to matters concerning national security. The Philippine and China have been at odds for years over contested territories in the South China Sea, with the Philippines winning an internationally-backed arbitration case against China before the The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration in July 2016./PNlast_img

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