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Philippine Boat Convoy Won’t Proceed to China-Held Reef: Organizers

Philippine fishermen along with volunteers from a civilian-led mission Atin Ito (It’s Ours) Coalition arrive at a meeting point as seen from the bow of Philippine coast guard ship BRP Bagacay, in South China Sea on May 15, 2024. Ted ALJIBE / AFP

A convoy of boats carrying Philippine civilians bearing supplies for Filipino fishers has abandoned plans to sail closer to a China-held reef off the Southeast Asian country, organizers said Thursday.

The convoy set sail Wednesday to distribute fuel and food to fishers and assert Philippine rights in the disputed South China Sea. The trip comes two weeks after China Coast Guard vessels used water cannon against two Philippine government boats near Scarborough Shoal.

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