The BRP Pampanga faced off with four Chinese vessels at the Scarborough Shoal on Monday.
The territorial impasse has reached it's 13th day and the Philippines plans to bring up the dispute to the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (Itlos) in Hamburg, Germany.
The BRP Pampanga, a Philippine Coast Guard search and rescue vessel, Monday faced off with four Chinese vessels at the Bajo de Masinloc (Scarborough Shoal) as the territorial impasse between the Philippines and China over the rock formation reached its 13th day, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs. Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, in a local cable news interview, said the government would not recall the Coast Guard ship from the shoal, which Beijing has been referring to as Huangyan Island. â€œWe will leave when weâ€™re ready to leave, not when weâ€™re told to leave,â€ said Del Rosario, who later sprained his left ankle before attending a meeting at MalacaÃ±ang, preventing him from attending Mondayâ€™s scheduled news conference at the DFA headquarters in Pasay City. The DFA head asserted anew the countryâ€™s sovereign rights over Bajo de Masinloc, located 124 nautical miles west of Zambales province. Manila, he said, would press ahead with its plan to bring the dispute to the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (Itlos), based in Hamburg, Germany.