Filipino fishermen fear backlash after filing of ICC case against Xi
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Fishermen here on Friday said they feared retaliation from China for the complaint of crimes against humanity filed against Chinese President Xi Jinping by two former Philippine officials in the International Criminal Court (ICC). Ronnie Lebios, a crew member of a fishing boat that had just returned from Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea, said they might not be allowed by the Chinese to fish at the shoal when they sail back there next week. “We might be driven away when we go back there,” said Lebios, 43, who has fished in the shoal three times since February.
Cardinoza, G., & Cabreza, V. (2019, March 23). Filipino fishermen fear backlash after filing of ICC case against Xi. Philippine Daily Inquirer, pp. A1, A4.
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Fishers; Fishing vessels; Fishing grounds; Exclusive economic zone; Territorial waters; Disputes; International law; Law of the sea; Philippine Navy; Chinese Coast Guard; Permanent Court of Arbitration; United Nations (UN); Xi, Jinping; Lebios, Ronnie; Aquino, Benigno III; del Rosario, Albert; Morales, Conchita Carpio; Maniago, Carlito; Legaspi, Jowe; Aguinaldo, Emilio; Suntay, Emilio Aguinaldo III