MANILA – The Philippine military has accused China of committing an aggressive act for flashing powerful lights on a Philippine Navy plane that was on patrol at the disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea last Sunday.
Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, Armed Forces of the Philippines Public Affairs Office chief, said the incident involved an Islander plane dispatched by the military’s Western Command to conduct patrol at the South China Sea where the disputed Spratly Islands are situated.
Cabunoc said the pilots of the Islander plane saw flashing lights from a vessel on the ground when they passed by Subi Reef near Pag-Asa Island, the biggest island of the Kalayaan group of islands occupied by Philippine troops and around 200 Filipino civilians.
He said the Chinese ship then contacted the Filipino pilots on the radio and said, ‘You’re entering Chinese territory. Leave.’