Duterte raises harassment of PH fishermen with Chinese ambassador

admin   •   June 12, 2018   •   4699

President Duterte speaks with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines, Zhao Jianhua during the Independence Day celebration at the Aguinaldo Shrine on June 12.  (Image grabbed from RVTM video)


President Rodrigo Duterte, for the first time since he assumed the presidency, led on June 12 the celebration of the proclamation Philippine independence.

Upon his arrival at the Aguinaldo Shrine, he was welcomed by members of the Diplomatic Corps including Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines, Zhao Jianhua.

The Chinese ambassador said President Duterte personally shared with him the concerns of Filipino fishermen regarding Chinese coast guard personnel who forcibly take their catch at Scarborough Shoal.

The Chinese official assured that investigation will be conducted and vowed to impose appropriate disciplinary action against the coastguards if proven guilty of misconduct. He also confirmed that Chinese coast guards are not allowed to confiscate the catch of Filipino fishermen.

Zhao reiterated that relations between Philippines and China remain friendly. — Rosalie Coz

DND refutes reports on Chinese research vessel near Zambales

Robie de Guzman   •   August 13, 2021


MANILA, Philippines – The Department of National Defense (DND) on Friday refuted earlier reports that a Chinese vessel has been spotted near the disputed Scarborough Shoal (also called Bajo de Masinloc) in the West Philippine Sea.

In a statement, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the alleged Chinese research ship did not pass through nor enter the country’s area of responsibility.

“Contrary to some published reports regarding the Chinese Research Vessel Hai Da Hao, the AFP Northern Luzon Command has reported that the said vessel has not been spotted near Bajo de Masinloc as alleged,” he said.

“Based on the verification of the one-year historical track of CRV Hai Da Hao, the vessel did not pass through nor did it enter the area of responsibility of Naval Forces Northern Luzon,” he added.

Lorenzana noted that the said ship is currently monitored at 30 nautical miles south of Huidong Xian, Huizhou Shi in China.

The DND chief issued the statement following claims on social media about the alleged presence of a Chinese research ship near the shoal in Zambales.

The report prompted the department to conduct verification on the matter.

Chinese and other foreign vessels have previously been spotted in contested areas in the West Philippine Sea.

The Philippine government has repeatedly filed diplomatic protests on the presence of Chinese ships in Philippine waters.

Carpio reacts to Duterte backing out from debate on West PH issue

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — After President Rodrigo Duterte backed out from the debate on the West Philippine Sea issue, Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said it would be “pointless to debate about Scarborough Shoal and Mischief Reef.”

Duterte has designated Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. to face Caprio in the debate. During a press conference on Friday (Mary 7), Roque has laid out topics to be discussed during the debate after announcing the President will no longer participate in the challenge.

“I accepted the President’s challenge without any conditions. Now the President has backed out of his personal challenge to me without giving a definite reason. Instead, he has designated his spokesperson Harry Roque to debate with me on the issue of what administration lost Scarborough Shoal and Mischief Reef to China,” Carpio said in a statement.

Carpio said there is no factual dispute that China seized Scarborough Shoal from the Philippines during the Aquino Administration. There is also no factual dispute that China seized Mischief Reef from the Philippines during the Ramos Administration.

“Hence, it is pointless to debate about Scarborough Shoal and Mischief Reef. I will not engage in a useless exercise that will only detract the public’s interest on the vital outstanding issues on the West Philippines Sea, like the President’s continuing false claim that ‘China is in possession of the West Philippine Sea,’” he said.

“I am ready to debate with the President or with anyone he may designate on the factual accuracy and adverse legal implications to the Philippines of the President’s repeated claim that ‘China is in possession of the West Philippine Sea,’” he added. AAC (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

BFAR joins exercises in WPS to ensure protection of Filipino fishermen

Marje Pelayo   •   April 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is one with other government agencies in condemning illegal activities in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

According to BFAR National Director Eduardo Gongona, the agency supports the efforts of the national government in relation to the disputed waters; thus, they participate in joint exercises within the area.

“Patuloy nating sinusulong ang ating kasarinlan sa ating WPS at kinokendena natin lahat ng iligal na pangingisda doon,” he said.

The official noted that the estimated fish production in WPS last year was 324,312 metric tons which contributed to the country’s overall production of the fisheries sector by 7.36%.

Gongona said it is important that the country protects its rights over the area.

“Ang significant effort ng BFAR, pati ang ibang ahensya na kasama po roon, ay para pangalagaan ang mga fishermen doon, fishing vessels, environment, at to prevent illegal unreported, unregulated fishing, and [violation of] fishery laws,” he noted.

He reported that BFAR joined the recent maritime exercises in the WPS where it sent a total of five vessels.

“Recently, nag-conduct po sila ng exercises doon kasama ang BFAR monitoring, control, surveillance vessels po namin. Five po sila doon, and okay naman po ang report sa amin ng [Philippine Coast Guard],” he assured.


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