DISPUTED TERRITORY A Filipino fishing vessel ventures into the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea. —REM ZAMORA
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) will escort and monitor Filipino fisherfolk in the West Philippine Sea amid China’s fishing ban.
PCG Commodore Armand Balilo said this Thursday when asked in a Laging Handa public briefing for a reaction on the fishing prohibition.
“Tayo po ay sasama doon sa mga fishermen. Imo-monitor po natin ‘yung mga fishermen natin sa pangingisda nila,” he answered.
(We will go with our fishermen. We will monitor them while they are fishing.)
China imposed a fishing ban in the South China Sea, covering parts of the West Philippine Sea, which is in effect from May 1 to August 16.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) then lodged a diplomatic protest, saying the ban encroaches into parts of the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.
The DFA cited the country’s 2016 arbitral victory against China’s claims in the maritime area.
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