Many Filipinos shocked on "WELCOME TO CHINA" txt Message from Telecoms upon arriving in PH Territory
Nagulat ang mga Pilipino sa text messages mula sa Globe at Smart na may nakalagay na "WELCOME TO CHINA" kahit nasa sarili lang nilang bansa at nasa territoryo lang sila ng Pilipinas.
Upon landing on the PAG ASA Ph island, the news team received roaming notifications saying "Welcome to China!"
Top defense officials of the Philippines inaugurated Tuesday a cemented pier that would let its ships dock on Pag-Asa (Thitu) Island, whose waters were swarmed by over a hundred Chinese boats last year.
The pier, also known as a "beaching ramp," is the first major upgrade of the Philippines in the 9 features it occupies in the West Philippine Sea, parts of which are also claimed by Beijing.
The West Philippine Sea is the country's exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea. Pag-asa Island hosts Kalayaan town, a Palawan municipality that is home to a military outpost and a civilian community. It has a school, military barracks, and a runway, among other infrastructure.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Armed Forces Chief of Staff Felimon Santos Jr., Navy Flag Officer-in-Command Vice Admiral Giovanni Bacordo, Air Force chief Lt. Gen. Allen Paredes, Army Chief Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay, and newly installed AFP Western Command chief Lt. Gen. Erickson Gloria inaugurated the structure.
This is the first time that they all visited the island at the same time.
During the blessing and ribbon cutting ceremony, the ABS-CBN News team spotted several Chinese vessels around the island, including a white Coast Guard vessel, 2 blue and white barges similar to those circling Scarborough Shoal, and several smaller fishing boats.
These were visible in the background of the BRP Ivatan, the first Philippine Navy vessel to dock on the beaching ramp.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the structure would pave the way for more visits by Philippine officials and would make it easier to bring in materials for the repair and construction of the the island's airstrip.
Lorenzana said he did not mind the presence of the Chinese militia as long as Filipinos were not hurt or harassed.
Kalayaan Mayor Roberto del Mundo said the beaching ramp could also let the island invite more visitors and increase their commercial fishing capability.
Del Mundo said he was bothered by the presence of the Chinese militia and coast guard, whose ships follow Philippine boats if they get too close.
He said the military barred residents from going to 2 of their 3 sandbars due to the constant presence of Chinese vessels there.
Upon landing on the island, the news team received roaming notifications saying "Welcome to China!"
Netizens shocked with the text messages " WELCOME TO CHINA" even if they stayed inside Philippines and never left to China
Upon arriving at Pag-asa Island, reporters receive text message welcoming them to China
Upon arriving at the Philippines-occupied Pag-asa Island with top defense officials, some reporters received a text message welcoming them to China.
CNN Philippines and ABS-CBN’s news teams both received the text messages prompting them to subscribe to a roaming data plan during their stay on the island.