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Over 2,000 Masinloc fishermen displaced due to shoal row


Scarborough Shoal

MASINLOC, Zambales – Over 2000 fishermen are now unable to fish in Scarborough Shoal as a result of the ownership dispute between the Philippines and China, Mayor Desiree Edora said here Wednesday.

An estimated 80 percent of the revenue of the municipality comes from fishing with each fisherman being able to catch up to a ton of fish per trip, Edora said.

Miguel Betana, a fisherman here for 12 years, said that they were not doing anything now but paint their boats.

Macario Corones, a boat owner, said that some of the fishermen he hired have gone back to their hometown in Cebu because they could not fish due to the standoff that started in April.
Vice Mayor Jeffrey Bautista is confident that the Philippines will get the shoal upon resolution by the United Nations.

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Tags: China , Masinloc fishermen , Philippines , Scarborough , Scarborough Shoal , West Philippine Sea

  • neverwint3r

    why is the government preventing our fishermen to go about their livelihood while they allow the chinese to fish and steal our resources for free?
    so parang binigay na nila yung full control ng shoal sa mga intsik. merong 12 chinese fishing vesels dun doing their thing while the navy and coast guard just looks on

    • Patas

      The government HAS never prevented our fisherman to go and fish in that area.
      Check your lies.

  • ningcho

    why can’t they fish in scarborough shoal? may nagbawal ba? bakit may mga fishermen ang china duon? mas maganda nga kung daming filipino fishermen ang pumunta duon para malaman natin ang reaction ng china. kawawa naman ang mga mangingisda na ito kung abutin ng ilang taon ang stand off na yan.

  • tabingbakod

    Why? They should be increasing their activity. Public and private entities should helping the fishermen near the area fish. If anything, we need to give the fishermen bigger boats.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Rams/1826483848 James Rams

    fishermen for hire! /usd 250 /month plus catch bonus. – taiwanese company

  • staad

    collateral damage.

  • Meow Ming

    The group Pamalakaya should help these people. Go to China’s embassy and hold a rally there.

  • Leonguerrero

    This is just the beginning… I fear the ripple effect will be far greater than what we are seeing now. Kawawa naman mga fishermen natin, nakngtokwa!

    If you’re like me and want to do your share… Go to Zambales this weekend! Enjoy the remaining days of summer. Bring your family, friends, kabits and whatever. SPEND MONEY in Zambales! Keep their economy going! There are island resorts just off the coast of Masinloc! There’s Maglawa, San Salvador and Matalvis Island.

    Mga Kabayans, lets do what we can!

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