- Zambales Governor Amor Deloso claimed that there is a Chinese military presence in his province
- Deloso said that the alleged area was sold to the Chinese by former Zambales Governor Hermogenes Ebdane Jr.
- China has refused to recognize the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration which favored the Philippines and tagged China's claims as having 'no legal basis'
After China’s rejection of the controversial Hague ruling on the West Philippine Sea dispute, Zambales Governor Amor Deloso claimed that there is Chinese military presence in the province.
According to reports, the Chinese military is allegedly positioned in a mountain area in the municipality of Sta. Cruz.
Deloso even added that a missile has been supposedly set up in the 500-hectare area allegedly sold to the Chinese by Zambales’s former Governor Hermogenes Ebdane, Jr.
The Zambales mayor told reporters that Ebdane sold three mountains that compose a 500-hectare island to the Chinese. He added: “Binabantayan ng American warship yan lalo na’t naging pabor sa atin ang ruling ng arbitration court (an American warship has been keeping an eye on it since the ruling favorable to the Philippines by the arbitration court).”
Previously, three Chinese conglomerates - Jiangxi Rare Earth & Metals Tungsten Group, Wei-Wei Group, and Nihao Mineral Resources Inc. were reported to have mining operations through Filipino dummies in the area.
Deloso said that China had positioned itself in Bajo De Masinloc or famously known as the Scarborough/Panatag shoal, 85 km away.
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Recently, the Hauge-based Court of Arbitration has already ruled on the case filed by the Philippines three years ago over the territorial dispute with China. The decision favors the Philippines.
China, however, had refused to participate in the proceedings, saying that it does not recognize the jurisdiction of the tribunal and that it will not abide by any decisions of the court. - CD, Kami Media