Friday, June 22, 2018
Close  
  • share this

No harassment? Expert says Chinese, Filipino fishermen ‘barter’ in high seas

By: - Reporter / @FMOrellanaINQ
/ 05:46 PM June 13, 2018

A development expert supported Malacañang’s claim that what happened between the Chinese coast guard and the Filipino fishermen in Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal was actually a form of “barter.”

George Siy, head of the Integrated Development Studies Institute, said on Wednesday that the public should not make an issue out of the video of members of the Chinese coast guard seen seizing part of the catch of Filipino fishermen.

READ: Caught on video: China Coast Guard taking PH fishermen’s catch in Scarborough

ADVERTISEMENT

According to Siy, what happened between the two camps was “very normal.”

“‘Yang mga ganyang bagay (These kinds of things) happen all the time, even here (in the country),” said Siy, who is chair emeritus of the Anvil Business Club, an organization established for next-generation Filipino-Chinese businessmen.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque also said earlier that similar incidents happen often in the coasts of the Philippines.

He explained in Filipino that Chinese nationals often give the Filipino fishermen noodles, cigarettes, and water, in exchange for fish.

Filipino fishermen, however, believe that China still has control over the disputed area.

“Sa tingin ko ngayon, Tsina pa rin (I think China has still control of the area),” Rommel Cejuela, a fisherman from Masinloc, Zambales, said. /ee

READ: China still controls Scarborough — PH fishermen

ADVERTISEMENT
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: China, China harassment, Filipino Fishermen, George Siy, militarization of the China Sea, Scarborough shoal
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2018 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.