March 1, 2024

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Authorities checking suspected China rocket debris in two provinces of Mimaropa

Photo: Philippine Coast Guard FB page

The Philippine Coast Guard is looking to verify what it seems to be an alleged Chinese rocket debris which was discovered by fisherfolks in the waters of Calintaan, Occidental Mindoro last Sunday. The PCG described the debris as metallic but saying that the identification of the said debris has yet to be identified.

Report said that there were at least two provinces in Mimaropa where two alleged rocket debris have been discovered. But some photos posted by Calintaan resident Analyn Flores Victoriano showed that the debris bore a painting of a flag with a yellow star and red background.

For its part, the military’s Western Command, in a separate statement said that the report of debris was also found in a different location last Monday reportedly in the waters of Barangay Cheey in Busuanga, Palawan. The AFP’s Western Command added that the debris did not lead to any casualties nor did it pose any danger.

Earlier, the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) previously warned the public to be on the lookout for possible falling debris from a Chinese rocket launched on October 3.

PhilSa said that China’s Long March 5B was reportedly launched from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in Hainan Island.

According to PhilSA, the Civil Aviation Administration of China notified that the aircraft’s “expected unburned debris” may drop within two zones: approximately 72 kilometers from Bajo de Masinloc and approximately 39 kilometers from Busuanga, Palawan.