Fishing activities

DFA chief orders diplomatic protests against Chinese presence and West PH’s offshore activities


Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 30) – The country’s top diplomat has ordered the filing of further diplomatic protests against China amid its continued presence and activities in the western Philippine Sea.

In a series of tweets on Thursday, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. called on the ministry to file protests against the following:

– the continued presence of Chinese fishing boats near Iroquois Reef;

– “Beijing’s incessant and illegal restriction on Filipino fishermen from carrying out legitimate fishing activities in the Bajo de Masinloc”; and

– Chinese radio challenges illegally emitted against Philippine maritime patrols.

No further details were provided on the protests.

Locsin’s move comes after the National Security Council (NSC) revealed on Wednesday that the government had monitored some 150 Chinese ships in Philippine waters.

During a hearing in the House, Muntinlupa representative Ruffy Biazon – citing information from the NSC – said that Beijing’s maritime vessels “carry out fishing operations” and “move from place to place” .

The Philippines has filed a wave of diplomatic protests against the East Asian giant in recent months, as the government continues to assert its 2016 arbitration victory in the South China Sea case.