DU30 calls on China to permit Filipinos fish in Scarborough
President Rodrigo Duterte asked Beijing to permit Filipino fishermen to come in and fish in the disputed waters in the West Philippine Sea to ease up the relations between China and the Philippines, the Philippine Star reported.
Duterte said on Tuesday he is hoping that bilateral talks between Manila and Beijing would take place soon.
The President also added that it is beneficial to recurrently talk with Beijing rather that stir them in spite of the recent ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration that’s in favor of the Philippines.
“But for the Philippines, we are having talks. Kung puputulin mo yang bilateral, eh saan tayo pupunta? It’s better to continually engage China through diplomatic dialogue. Rather than anger whoever the officials there and they cut completely, maraming mabibitin, maritime security, pagdaan and the fishermen,” Duterte said in an interview following the oath-taking of military generals at the Palace.
“It’s about time that they should consider the privilege of the Filipinos,” the President added.
Duterte also said the dispute of fishing cooperation and maritime security were also one of the topics discoursed by former President Fidel Ramos, who is now special envoy to China, during his talks with his Chinese friends in Hong Kong.
“I would say, yes, and President Ramos did a very job. China should be hearing us now. It’s about time to leave the (disputed islands)… and allow the Filipinos to fish there,” he said in the report, referring to Scarborough Shoal, which is situated Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.