Sotto smells something fishy in PH Sea: ‘Fish could be from China’
MANILA, Philippines—Chinese fish or Filipino fish?
Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III on Thursday said that it’s contestable to invoke exclusivity in marine resource use in the West Philippine Sea because it is technically impossible to determine their sources.
“It’s very difficult to say that there’s exclusivity when it’s under water,” he said in an interview over ANC’s “Early Edition.”
“The fish could be coming from China, and the fish from the Philippines could be going to China if we want to be technical about it and relate it to the constitutionality of what should be owned by us.”
Sotto added that “exclusive types” of fish found only in China may have also been seen in Philippine waters because of migration.
This comes after President Rodrigo Duterte said it was OK with him to allow fishers from China to fish in Philippine waters.
In the same interview, Sotto said that those who believe the President violated the Constitution can file an impeachment case against him. (Editor: Mike U. Frialde)/ac
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