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Philippines Fights ‘Pro-Beijing Narratives’ as South China Sea Spats Swell

Commodore Jay Tarriela, Philippine Coast Guard spokesperson for the West Philippine Sea, talks to the press on August 7, 2023 in response to recent incidents in the South China Sea between the Chinese Coast Guard and the Philippine vessels. Ezra Acayan / POOL / AFP

A Philippine Coast Guard spokesperson criticized domestic communities he said are pushing false narratives about the country’s territorial conflict with China. 

Commodore Jay Tarriela pointed out what he called three misleading claims that he says support China’s agenda and have gained prominence within the Philippines.

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