By Priam Nepomuceno

‘BARBARIANS’. China Coast Guard (CCG) personnel point bladed weapons on Filipino troops carrying out a humanitarian rotation and resupply mission to the BRP Sierra Madre in Ayungin Shoal on June 17, 2024. PN spokesperson for the WPS Commodore Roy Vincent Trinidad on Thursday (June 20) called the CCG a band of barbarians over these acts of violence. (Screengrab from video courtesy of the Armed of the Philippines)

MANILA – A ranking Philippine Navy (PN) official on Thursday called the China Coast Guard (CCG) a “band of barbarians” for their aggressive actions against Manila’s recent resupply mission to its contingent in Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

“I call them a band of barbarians and in the first place they have no right to wear the uniform, Coast Guard men are supposed to be responsible for (the) safety of life at sea. Their actions endanger life at sea. It does not speak well of a country that want(s) to be a global power,” PN spokesperson for the WPS Commodore Roy Vincent Trinidad said in a media interview.

He was referring to the CCG’s actions on June 17, where its personnel launched dangerous maneuvers and harassing Filipino supply boats.

These CCG personnel also boarded, looted, and damaged the Philippine military’s rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) used in the mission aside from destroying the communications and navigation equipment of one of the craft, along with some personal items of its crew members, and threatening them with pointed and bladed weapons.

“Other countries should now be very careful in looking at what China is doing in the WPS because it will also be done (to) them, if not it’s done (already),” Trinidad said.

He said they would “do more planning and there will be changes” in their tactics following the incident.

He also assured the public that all of their actions will be guided by the rules of engagement and would be carried out within the bounds of international law.

The Philippines will always assert its sovereignty and sovereign rights over the territory, he said. (PNA)