Scarborough Shoal now open to Filipino fishermen



President Aquino said Friday Filipino fishermen were no longer barred from the disputed Panatag Shoal, where Philippine and Chinese vessels are locked in a 23-day standoff.

“Our fishermen have not been prevented from going back, except for during the initial stage…They’re going there,” he said in an interview with Malacañang reporters a day after the Chinese reportedly increased their presence in the area well within the Philippines’ 200-nautical-mile (370.4-km) exclusive economic zone.

The President said the government was gathering evidence of Chinese intrusion in Panatag, known internationally as Scarborough Shoal, for a planned case against Beijing before an international tribunal.

Mr. Aquino said Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario during his trip to the United States this week spoke with experts on how the Philippines can bring the dispute to a tribunal despite the usual requirement for the other side to agree to mediation. China wants bilateral talks to resolve the issue.

“There are certain modes…wherein even only one side can present (a case),” the President said.

“We are documenting everything that’s been happening. When we get to the proper fora, then we will present all of this,” he added.

The standoff started on April 10, when two Chinese surveillance ships stopped the Philippine Navy from inspecting Chinese fishing boats carrying poached marine life.

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  • CSP

     sama sama tayong mamingwit.. ubusin ang likas na yaman ng scarborough..

  • justyouraveragechinoy

    Occupy Panatag NOW!

  • PagpagEaters

    More than 2,000 fishermen and their families in the  northern towns of Zambales have been affected since the stand off began April 10 – 

    How will the PCG/PN and LGU’s address the ff;

    1. Climate of fear and uncertainty – what if a rambo dirty harry type (Filipino or Chinese) pulls the trigger and shooting war begins? 

    2. Our fisher folks knows very well who is “llamado” and “dehado”  in case shots are fired –
    how will our courageous PCG/PN personnel motivate them? will they be collateral damage after the smoke is gone?

    3. Commercial fishing in the area have grind to a halt causing significant amount of revenue losses for the govt and our businessmen, what is the alternative of the LGU’s concerned?

    4. The Chinese are using trawler nets compared to the traditional fishing nets used by our
    kababayans reason why the water at the lagoon have been discolored and causing further
    damage to our reefs and corals in the “shoal” – what else is left for our fishermen to catch
    or harvest since the Sinos take anything that moves within the lagoon.

  • Paul_Fivens

    That’s our solution?  Send fishermen?

  • Paul_Fivens

    Maybe if we let the MILF fight this war they have a better chance of winning it than the AFP.

  • WAJ

    Pinoy’s going to Scarborough Shoal should be armed for self protection from the Chinese…

  • bogart73

    Makipagiyera na si penoy hindi puro talsik lang ng laway ang nangyayari sa kadadaldal nya at pagpapasaklolo lang kay kuya sam ang kayang gawin ng gobyerno.. Hindi masisindak ang mga tsino sa pagpapadala ng kalawanging barkong gregorio del pilar kaya mas mabuti na dalhin sa panatag ang mga matatapang yellow zombie para pagpiyestahan ng mga intsik..

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