The Philippines has filed a formal protest to the Chinese embassy in Manila over what it claims was the ramming last week by a Chinese vessel of three Philippine fishing boats in the South China Sea, Bloomberg reported, citing the Department of Foreign Affairs. The country also lodged a separate complaint over illegal fishing after at least two dozen Chinese boats were seen collecting endangered giant clams in the Scarborough Shoal on January 22. The incidents are the latest in the territorial dispute between the two countries over the resource-rich shoals in the South China Sea.
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