Palace rebuts Carpio: West Philippine Sea will never run out of fish
MANILA, Philippines — The West Philippine Sea would never run out of fish, Malacañang said Tuesday, after Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said the Chinese fishermen would seize “all the fish” if they would be allowed access to Philippine waters.
“Paano niyo naman nalaman, kasi ang punto niya, mauubusan ng isda. Paano niya nalaman na mauubusan tayo ng isda doon?” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a Palace briefing.
“Bakit ‘yong isda ba hindi nagre-reproduce ‘pag kinuha mo? Kung araw-araw naman nagre-reproduce eh ang lawak ng dagat. Parang paano bagang saan niya kinuha ‘yung basis niya doon?’ he also said.
Duterte has received criticisms for saying that he has allowed Chinese fishermen to trawl in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ), citing an October 2016 verbal fishing deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
China has sweeping claims over the South China Sea, including parts of the West Philippine Sea, and has refused to recognize the decision of the United Nations-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague, Netherlands. The PCA ruled in favor of the Philippines and invalidated China’s nine-dash line that covers almost the entire South China Sea. /kga
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