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Pinoys free to fish in Panatag

A Malacañang official said yesterday that there are no more Chinese Coast Guard vessels in Scarborough Shoal, also known as the Panatag Shoal, enabling Filipino fishermen to freely access and fish in the area.

“Regarding fishing in Scarborough Shoal, for the past three days, it has been observed that there are no longer any Chinese Coast Guard vessels and that Filipino fishing boats are no longer being intercepted and that they are now able to fish in the area without being intercepted,” presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a press briefing in Malacañang.

This development comes one week after President Duterte’s state visit to China. Upon his return to the country, Duterte announced that Filipino fishermen may be able to return to the Chinese-held Scarborough Shoal after he discussed the territorial rift with Chinese leaders.

Kabayan party-list Rep. Harry Roque, who was part the President’s delegation to China, claimed that the two governments have reached a “modus vivendi” to allow Filipino fishermen to return to the Shoal.

But Abella, when asked if there was already an agreement reached on the issue during the President’s China trip, said that “nothing has been official regarding the matter.”

“There’s nothing official regarding that matter. But all we know is based on results fishermen can now go into those waters,” he added. (Elena L. Aben)

comments
  • bert_bert

    maniwala lang tyo sa kakayahan ng pangulo tiyak na hindi niya bibiguin ang mga manigngisda.

  • Marie Sencia

    diba panibagong pag-asa para sa mga mangingisda.

    • boknoy delarosa

      hindi nman totoo yan gurl!

      • a_ron

        ikaw ang hindi totoo..fake ka!wahaha

  • anthony

    magndang umaga ang ang laging gigising sa mga pumapalaot

  • mark_dhen

    let just be thankful of what president done sa bansa natin kitang-kita naman na maayos ang pamamalakd ng pangulo.

  • Anne

    ikaw ang tunay na mabuti pangulo kaya hindi kami maniniwala sa kung ano ang sinsabi ng iba.

  • bert arispe

    tiwala nman talaga kami na maibabalik din yan saatin

  • chard malto

    huwag lang natin pangunahan si pdu30 alam nman nya ang kanyang ginagawa.

  • albert magallon

    tanging tayo lang nman ang makakatulong saating sarili kya suporta lang nman sa pdu30 ang kailangan nating gawin

  • ruel ais

    wla rin nman saatin mawawala kung patuloy natin susuportahan si pdu30 di ba?

  • jonathan cruz

    alam kong hindi tayo papabayaan ng ating pangulo.

  • sandro

    pagka tiwalaan natin ang desisyon ni digong dahil hindi nya tayo bibiguin.

  • jack

    Mag tiwala lang tayo sa kakayahan ni duterte na mamuno sa ating bansa.

  • peter

    kung hahayaan lang natin ang ating leader na gumawa ng paraan para sa ikakabuti natin wala sanang ingay.