Armed Forces spokesman Edgard Arevalo warned that it was difficult to quantify how many ships are on the island at any given time as Chinese ships "come and go" from the area. "The information we received is more likely to establish their presence in the region," he told CNN Philippines on Monday.
Salvador Panelo, spokesman for the Presidents of the Philippines, said Manila asked several questions in Beijing about the presence of so many ships
"We will ask them first about the reason First, if they recognize the fact that we have established Number 2: Ask Them Why They're Doing It Number 3, we'll politely ask them to … not to do "Do what they do," said Panelo, according to CNN Philippines.
China's Ambassador Zhao Jianhua on The Philippines said Beijing is trying to check on how many ships are near Thitu, according to CNN Philippines they are "unarmed" fishing vessels.
Thitu Island is in the controversial Spratlys Range, which Beijing controlled Atolls and reefs that built and developed Beijing with buildings, ports and runways in recent years.
Filipino opposition legislator Gary Alejano said Saturday that Duterte-Reg China should not allow long-term presence near Thitu.
"China is establishing a standard there that we will not be able to change later on, every day is a wasted opportunity to enforce our sovereignty if we do not act now," he told CNN Philippines.
In addition to the Philippines, China, Taiwan and Vietnam have also used Thitu. According to the Asian Maritime Transparency Initiative (Asian Maritime Transparency Initiative), it has a civilian population of more than 1
The island is located approximately 500 kilometers from Palawan, one of the main islands of the Philippine Islands. Over the next two weeks, exercises were to be held between the US and Philippine military.
Manila has been in an embarrassing dance between Beijing and Washington over the South China Sea for years.
Under the previous government of Benigno Aquino, Manila won a landmark trial against an international tribunal against China, stating that many of Beijing's territorial claims were unlawful in the South China Sea.
The government of today's President Rodrigo Duterte moved closer to Beijing when the president expressed concern over China's territorial ambitions.