Here is what they did, despite the Chinese chasing and telling them to “go back to the Philippines”.
From Kalayaan ATIN ITO –
To commemorate Philippine Independence Day, 15 Filipino youth volunteers and one US national volunteer sailed to Scarborough Shoal yesterday. We reached Bajo de Masinloc at 7:30this morning.
Our fishing boat was initially intercepted by two Chinese coast guard speed boats. After a few minutes, the mother ship and two big boats arrived. They ordered us to go back to the Philippines. The standoff lasted for four hours.
At 11 AM, five of us attempted to swim to the rock to plant the Philippine flag and United Nations flag but they harassed us. They chased us with their two speed boats and blocked our path, sprayed water on us using the propeller of the boat. The harassment was caught on video, this lasted for an hour.
Two of the swimmers however were able to reach the ring of the shoal and raised the Philippine flag.
At 12:30 noon time, we decided to leave the area. The Chinese coast guard mother ship escorted our boat out. We are on our way back to Masinloc, Zambales. Expected time of arrival is 3 am tomorrow.
Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!
Years ago, some Filipinos also planted a flag on the same shoal. See photo below –
I can’t wait to see the video that the Filipino volunteers took of their encounter with the Chinese coast guard.