Caught on mobile phone
The Chinese Coast Guard have been apparently taking the catch of Filipino fishermen in Scarborough Shoal (Panatag Shoal) in Zambales.
A mobile phone video, aired on GMA-7’s Reporter’s Notebook, demonstrated China’s drift watch boarding the boats of Filipino fishermen to get their best catch.
In a similar narrative, individuals from the China Coast Guard (CCG) additionally drew closer the fishermen to ask for fish yet the fishermen said they have not gotten any.
“Basta maghalungkat sila. Kukunin nila yung gusto nila. Ilagay nila sa plastic. Magaganda pa ang kunin nila,” said fisherman Ernie Egana.
Maritime expert Jay Batongbacal said the video just demonstrated China’s control and control of the fishing ground.
Lyle Morris, security analyst at US-based RAND Corporation, depicted the occurrence as “hooliganism adrift.”
“CCG officers not even in uniform, yet wearing green shirts. This isn’t just amateurish, it’s hooliganism adrift,” Morris said on Twitter.
Scarborough Shoal is a rich fishing ground – 142 nautical miles off Zambales territory – that China seized following a two-month standoff with the Philippine Navy in 2012.
Filipino fishermen could come back to Scarborough Shoal in 2017. The Duterte administration guaranteed its hotter ties with China have permitted the arrival of Filipino fishermen there.
The Permanent Court of Arbitration decided in 2012 that the Scarborough is a typical fishing ground for Filipinos, Chinese, and other fishermen regardless of whether it is situated inside the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.
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