Roque tells reporter to call Palace to clarify report on Filipino fishermen being barred to fish by Chinese vessels | Inquirer News
Close  

Roque tells reporter to call Palace to clarify report on Filipino fishermen being barred to fish by Chinese vessels

By: - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ
/ 05:20 PM July 14, 2021
Roque tells reporter to call Palace to clarify report on Filipino fishermen being barred to fish by Chinese vessels

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque. File photo from PTV video

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on Wednesday asked a reporter to call Malacañang to discuss her report on Filipino fishermen allegedly barred by Chinese ships from fishing in the Scarborough Shoal.

During Wednesday’s Palace briefing, Roque had as guests Masinloc Mayor Arsenia Lim, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) spokesman Commodore Armand Balilo and ship owners where they denied that Chinese vessels are preventing local fisherfolk from fishing in the Scarborough Shoal.

ADVERTISEMENT

Roque then told BBC reporter Virma Rivera to call during the briefing so that she herself could clarify the report with government officials and ship owners.

“Virma, tumawag ka nang matanong mo naman si Mayor, iyong mga may-ari ng lantsa at saka ang PCG kasi tinawag iyong report ninyo ng isang may-ari ng lantsa na tsismis ‘no. In fairness to you, tumawag ka ngayon, I will link you up with them para naman malinawan kung ano iyang report mo,” he said.

FEATURED STORIES

(Virma, you should call now so that you could ask the mayor, the ship owners, and the PGC because they called your report hearsay. In fairness to you, you should call now. I will link you up with them so your report could be clarified.)

“If you care to call us, Virma Rivera, please do so. We will link you up with them nang malaman natin kung sino talaga ang nagsasabi ng katotohanan. Okay?” he added.

(If you care to call us, Virma Rivera, please do so. We will link you up with them so that we would know who is really telling the truth. Okay?)

The Palace spokesman then broadcasted a cellphone number where the reporter could get in touch with them.

Masinloc Mayor Lim said fishermen in her town continue to fish in the Scarborough Shoal, claiming the issue only resurfaced because elections are drawing near.

For his part, Balilo said PCG has yet to receive reports of Chinese forces barring local fishermen to fish in the area.

READ: Masinloc mayor says fishermen not blocked from fishing in Scarborough Shoal

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

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: briefing, call, Media, media attack, reporter, Roque
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2021 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.