Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Scarborough standoff: China, 30 vessels; Philippines, 2

MANILA, Philippines -- The standoff at Scarborough (Panatag) Shoal entered its first month Tuesday with as many as 30 Chinese boats facing two Philippine vessels, the Armed Forces’ Northern Luzon Command said.

In its report, the Nolcom said as of Sunday, among the Chinese vessels at Scarbrough were the surveillance vessels CMS 75 and 81 and the armed fisheries patrol vessel FLEC 310.

On the Philippine side are the Coast Guard vessel "Sarangani" and a Bureau of Fisheries ship.

CMS 75 was 3.5 nautical miles southeast of the shoal's North Rock, CMS 81 1.04 nautical miles southeast, the Nolcom said.

FLEC 310, on the other hand, was 8.4 nautical miles southeast of North Rock. 

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