The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has experienced alleged harassment from Chinese military in Pag-asa island, an island that is claimed by the Philippines in the West Philippine Sea.
Reports on Monday said that the CAAP’s technical group on board a Cessna plane was about to land on the island when it receive message from the Chinese Navy discouraging them from landing.
The exact message the Chinese Navy according to the report was: “Foreign military aircraft this is the Chinese Navy, you are threatening the security of our station.”
But the pilot of the Cessna plane just ignored the message and landed the plane. Reports said that the Chinese Navy did not threaten to shoot the plane.
The team went to Pag-asa Island to study the area where the CAAP is planning to construct a radar that will monitor commercial flights passing through the West Philippine Sea, according to the report.
CAAP already informed the DFA about the incident, said the report.
The P13 billion worth project is subject to the Malacañang’s approval due to the tense situation on the area because of the territorial maritime dispute of the Philippines and China in the West Philippine Sea. -John Esconde