Panatag still no-fish zone
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Chinese Coast Guard vessels drove Filipino fishermen from the disputed Scarborough Shoal last week in defiance of a UN-backed court’s ruling and just days before President Duterte’s fence-mending visit to China. “What happened to the election promise of President Duterte? I thought he was willing to jet ski to Scarborough Shoal to reclaim it from the Chinese invaders?” said Jowe Legaspi, an official of the fishing village of Cato in Infanta town who reported the incident on Monday. He said the fishermen from Infanta were approaching Scarborough Shoal, known to Filipinos as Panatag Shoal, on Oct. 3 when Chinese coast guards in a rubber boat blocked their path and shooed them away from the shoal. The fishermen had no choice, he said, and left to avoid getting hurt, like what happened to other fishermen who tried to fish at the shoal.
Cardinoza, G., Macatuno, A., Cabacungan, G., & Balana, C. (2016, October 12). Panatag still no-fish zone. Panay News, p 13.
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- Philippine Daily Inquirer