A group of fishermen in Bajo De Masinloc, Zambales had a shock of their life. All of a sudden, the Chinese Coast Guard at Scarborough treated them nicely. The pleasing scenario happened this Tuesday, May 18, a day after China congratulated presumptive President Rodrigo ‘Rody’ Duterte. Watch the News5 Everywhere report below.
As told by a fisherman named Saldy, they were fishing near the disputed Scarborough when the Chinese Coast Guard saw them, and unloaded two rubber boats with some personnel. But to their surprise, the Chinese personnel did not harassed them unlike in their previous encounters. Instead, they went around and slowly sailed away.
According to the report, the Filipino fishermen spent 4 days in the sea and were at peace all the time. In fact, each of them earned P13,000. This amount is very far as compared to P2,000-P3,000 they usually earn when the Chinese Coast Guard harass and scare them away. Saldy said he don’t know what Duterte could have fed them.
Before the 2016 presidential elections, there have been frequent incidents where the Chinese Coast Guard harassed Filipino fishermen fishing near Scarborough. Just last early part of March, when 17 fishermen from Barangay Cato in Infanta, Pangasinan claimed being harassed by the China Coast Guard and drove them away.
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Meanwhile, presumptive President Rody Duterte recently said that he wants outgoing President Noynoy Aquino to explain why the Philippines has lost its claim over the South China Sea. His remarks comes after China is slowly increasing its reclamation on the disputed territory, despite the warnings of US President Barack Obama.
On the other hand, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV warned Duterte that his claim could be a serious for impeachment once he is proclaimed president. The losing vice-presidentiable insists that Philippines has not yet lost its claim over Scarborough. This is despite the increasing reclamation and frequent harassment to Filipino fishermen.
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Trillanes, who recently left the Philippines for unknown reasons, was appointed by PNoy as ‘backdoor negotiator’ and went to China 16 times. And although he vowed not be a hindrance to the incoming Duterte government, he has not revealed the full details of his China visits, which is allegedly the reason why Filipino fishermen are being harassed.