DEMAND AN APOLOGY | Aquino slams gov’t’s inaction on China’s harassment in Panatag

4 months ago

JUNE 14, 2018 – Senator Bam Aquino insisted that if the Philippine government will not file a diplomatic protest against China for taking away the catch of Filipino fishermen in Panatag (Scarborough Shoal), the least it could do is to demand an apology from them.

“Dapat maghain ng pormal na protesta ang pamahalaan laban sa ginawa ng Chinese coast guard sa ating mga mangingisda. Pero kahit sorry, hindi man lang hiningi,” Aquino said in a statement.

Filipino fishermen recorded an incident where Chinese Coast Guard personnel were shown taking their catch. They said they usually lose more than P25,000 from a five-day fishing expedition because of such incidents.

“Nanakawan, inaapi pa ang ating mga mangingisda. Kampihan naman natin ang ating mga kababayan,” the senator said.

“Napaka-strikto ng administrasyon pagdating sa ating mamamayan. Ngunit kapag isyu na ng China, napakaluwag sa mga patakaran,” he added.

Aquino said that if the Philippine government will not take any action to address the incident, the Chinese Coast Guard will continue to commit more abuses against Filipino fishermen.

“Hindi natin kailangang humingi ng permiso mula sa China dahil teritoryo natin ang kanilang inangkin,” added Sen. Bam.

On 2016, the Philippines won a historic decision, with the U.N. Arbitral Tribunal invalidating China’s “nine-dash line” claim in the West Philippine Sea. The ruling also stated that we have the right to fish in Scarborough Shoal which is well within our exclusive economic zone.