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Pamalakaya decries recent Chinese harassment of Filipino fishers in Scarborough

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Pamalakaya decries recent Chinese harassment of Filipino fishers in Scarborough

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President Duterte meets Chinese envoy to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua | Photo by: http://www.rappler.com

 

Manila, Philippines – The activist fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) condemned the recent harassment of Chinese Coast Guards on Filipino fishermen in Scarborough Shoal.

Citing the reports from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Chinese personnel onboard a rubber boat ordered the Filipino fishermen aboard two fishing boats to leave Scarborough Shoal last September 6. Three Chinese rubber boats blocked the Filipino fishermen from fishing in Bajo de Masinloc.

Bajo de Masinloc (internationally known as Scarborough Shoal), a shoal that is about 124-nautical miles away from the coastline of Zambales is obviously part of the Philippines’ 220-nautical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and 150-nautical mile extended continental shelf (ECS) as declared by the international law of the sea.

According to Pamalakaya, China’s another antagonistic approach against our fishermen is highly condemnable for this is a culpable violation of the international tribunal’s ruling favoring the Philippines’ claim on the disputed West Philippine Sea.

Despite the international tribunal’s ruling favoring the Philippines claim over the West Philippine Sea, China consistently poses its irrational claim in our territory and harasses our fishermen who are making livelihood out of our own fishing grounds,” Fernando Hicap, Pamalakaya Chairperson said in a statement.

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#CHexit | Various groups hold protest in Chinese Consulate as they await the Arbitral Tribunal’s verdict

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#CHexit | Various groups hold protest in Chinese Consulate as they await the Arbitral

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Fisherfolk carries a shattered boat as they marched to Chinese Consulate while waiting for arbitration’s final verdict

Tribunal’s verdict

Manila, Philippines – Together with various patriotic groups, the fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya-Pilipinas) trooped to Chinese Consulate in Makati while waiting for the arbitral tribunal’s final verdict of the case filed by the Philippines against China regarding the sea row.

The protest was led by the broad patriotic alliance Pilipinong Nagkakaisa Para sa Soberanya (P1NAS), which Pamalakaya is also a convener.

This is the judgment day. The day everybody is waiting for. The day where the Permanent Court of Arbitration will finally release its ruling on who is the legal claimant of the long-disputed West Philippine Sea,” Salvador France, Pamalakaya vice-chairperson said in a statement.

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