Chinese vessels stayed in Panatag Shoal (international name: Scarborough Shoal), Navy chief Alexander Pama said today.

A Navy Islander plane saw the ships as it conducted an aerial surveillance over the shoal on Monday afternoon, Pama said in a press briefing.

Three Chinese Maritime Surveillance ships and two Fisheries Law Enforcement Command vessels were seen outside the shoal. Six fishing vessels and 17 dinghies were seen inside, he said.

Some of the vessels stayed and some are new, Pama told reporters. (John Roson)

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