Saturday, July 23, 2016

WATCH | Chinese coastguard buzz Filipino fishermen off Panatag Shoal

From InterAksyon (Jul 22): WATCH | Chinese coastguard buzz Filipino fishermen off Panatag Shoal

Chinese Coastguard speedboat approaching to buzz off Filipino fishing boat off Panatag (Scarborouggh) Shoal.

Elements of China's Coastguard buzzed off Filipino fishermen after they approached Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, also known as Bajo de Masinloc, going to the extent of deploying a siren to drive them away.

The incident happened about a week after the United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled in favor of the Philippines, which brought up the case for arbitration regarding China's aggressive moves to claim much of the South China Sea as embodied in a controversial "nine-dash line" that dates from 1940s maps and stretches close to other countries' coasts.

Its extensive decision also said that China's construction on Mischief Reef had "violated the Philippines' sovereign rights with respect to its exclusive economic zone and continental shelf."

After a 12-hour trip from Masinloc, the fishermen approached the shoal to fish, but they were promptly challenged by three vessels of the Chinese Coastguard, one of which sounded a loud blast from a long range audio siren intended to drive away the local fishermen and prevent them from conducting the fishing activity.

On top of that, the Chinese side dispatched a rubber patrol dinghy for added measure, to shoo away the locals.

A Chinese speed boat also came along to support their action.

When the locals decided not to pursue the matter to turn back, the Chinese side tailed the fishermen for an hour, and even snapped photographs of the encounter, slacking off only after the locals were about nine miles from Panatag.

Click and view the video report of Dindo Flora below:

[Video report]

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