Philippines slams patrols for Chinese fishers


MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines on Tuesday denounced China’s announced fishery patrols in the Spratly group of islands, as it asserted its sovereignty over its established maritime boundaries in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) also called on China to “act responsibly” amid simmering tensions in the region over the contested waters, the subject of a Philippine arbitration bid in the United Nations.

“We again call on China to respect our territorial sovereignty and exclusive economic zone. The Philippines strongly objects to the Chinese patrols in the Philippines’ maritime domain in the West Philippine Sea,” said DFA spokesperson Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez.

Chinese state media reported over the weekend that the South China Sea Fishery Bureau of China’s Ministry of Agriculture was set to undertake “routine fishery administrative patrols” in the South China Sea this year.

The patrols “will be carried out to better safeguard the legitimate interests of Chinese fishermen,” Chinese media said, quoting Wu Zhuang of the fisheries bureau.

Wu said that China would “speed up the routine patrols” with the growing capacity of Chinese law enforcement authorities.

Hernandez said the move violated China’s international commitments, including its accession to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos).

The Philippines invoked the Unclos in taking its dispute with China to the UN arbitral tribunal in hopes of stopping Chinese incursions into its  waters and invalidating the Chinese “nine-dash line” claim to West Philippine Sea territories.

China has rejected the proceedings, but the DFA said the compulsory process would continue even without China’s participation.

“Such activities (patrols) will not validate the nine-dash line and are contrary to their (China’s) obligation under international law, including the Unclos,” said Hernandez.

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  • Komen To

    China does not listen to us, nor the UN. Malaysia will not listen to the claims of the sultan of Sulu. The Sultan will not listen to the call of the President. Bottom line, I feel this country needs a national revamp from national leaders down to local officials and citizens. Are we losing our national pride? Or we are still brave in words only?

  • Jan

    why is there a need for china to send their maritime surveillance vessels in west philippine sea where it is crystal clear that they had tainted and trampled our sovereign rights over this areas particularly the illegal structures in mischief reef as their fishermen’s shelter now into military garrison and scarborough shoal where they roped off the entry thereof. when china respect our sovereign rights over this areas? did they know how to read and understand what does the UNCLOS of 1982 mean? when they should stop and obey international laws to conform with the principles of international law. if they are permanent member of the UN security council why they are the one creating escalations over the territorial disputes in east china and west philippine sea. continue working out in promoting and expanding your economy most especially in ASEAN region and not to be our adversary. in truth and in fact before the territorial disputes in west philippine sea i am really proud of your prosperous economy that can be emulated by other countries but since this disputes began i have lost my deepest regard with china in handling their nation. however, their focus now was inclined not to fuel their robust economy rather it is diverted to military advancement for expansionism with its neighbors supposedly to stand as our friends that can be leaned on. let our  country enjoy our very own maritime natural resources and just be confined with your own maritime borders so that we will continuously enjoy the resources given by our God the Almighty who is the creator of everything we now enjoying on this earth and everything we will enjoy in the future of our generations.

  • Conrad G

    I demand that the following chinese listed below, be deported as soon as possible to their country of origin. They are undesirable aliens and pose as threat and hazardous to the health of Filipino people.
     1. Ma Pang Hee
     2. Foo Que Koh
     3. Ma Ba Ho
     4. Pak Yu
     5. Chong Go
     6. Ga Go Co
     7. Chu Pa Eng
     8. Dina Lee Li Go
     9. May Tu Lok
    10. Maan Go
    11. Orang Go Tang
    12. Tino Ton Ting
    13. Matt Lee ( supot )
    14. Yew Tan ( sungaw )

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