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Chinese coast guards ‘not seen in Scarborough Shoal’

Palace says Filipino fishermen are ‘observed’ fishing freely in disputed reef

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By Elena Aben

There are no longer any China Coast Guard (CCG) vessels in the disputed Scarborough Shoal and Filipino fishermen are now able to freely access the area, Malacañang said Friday, October 28.

MB FILE—A file photo of Scarborough Shoal taken during aerial inspection conducted by the Philippine Navy with Manila Bulletin correspondent assigned to take photo. The Scarborough Shoal is situated at the West Philippine Sea, 198 kilometer west of Subic Bay with an estimated area of 150 square kilometers. It has rich maritime resources, which why Chinese ships are currently engaging in illegal activities within the Philippine Exclusive Economic Zone. (Photo by: ERWIN G. BELEO)

MB FILE—A file photo of Scarborough Shoal taken during aerial inspection conducted by the Philippine Navy with Manila Bulletin correspondent assigned to take photo. The Scarborough Shoal is situated at the West Philippine Sea, 198 kilometer west of Subic Bay with an estimated area of 150 square kilometers. It has rich maritime resources, which why Chinese ships are currently engaging in illegal activities within the Philippine Exclusive Economic Zone. (Photo by: ERWIN G. BELEO)

“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 Palace press briefing.

Abella, however did not disclose how such observation was made and by whom.

This development comes one week after President Rodrigo Duterte’s state visit to China.

Upon his return from China, Duterte announced that Filipino fishermen may be able to return to the Chinese-held shoal after he discussed the territorial rift with Chinese leaders.

On the other hand, Kabayan Party-list Rep. Harry Roque, who was part of the president’s delegation to China, claimed that Manila and Beijing have reached a “modus vivendi” to allow Filipino fishermen to return to the Shoal.

When asked if there was already an agreement reached on the issue during the president’s China trip, Abella clarified: “There’s nothing official regarding that matter. But all we know is based on results, fishermen can now go into those waters.”

President Duterte, in a speech before victims of super typhoon Lawin in Isabela Sunday, said he insisted the Philippines’ ownership of the Scarborough Shoal—locally known as Panatag Shoal or Bajo de Masinloc—to the Chinese.

Duterte said he told Chinese President Xi Jinping during their meeting that he cannot surrender anything in the country’s claims in the West Philippine Sea, citing the July 12 ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

And while the Chinese leader also insisted his country’s historical rights in the South China Sea, Duterte said they have agreed to resolve the case peacefully, although it will take time.

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  • Dante

    well the chinese are only intimitldated if there are other foreign vessel around them..lets hope its not a checkmate strategy.

    • Rocky

      Philippines is no longer an enemy of China in the global view and in both countries view, it is the reason why they pulled out the coast guard in Scarborough. Only USA military in the Philippines is the reason why China build up its military in the territory of the Philippines but since Duterte wants US Military out in the Philippines, then china would stop building their military because their threats who are hiding in the Philippines would go back to their mainland in USA.

      • Dante

        i hope you are right..no one can really tell.china says its their core interest so if they move in wala tyo magagawa..

        • John Puruntong

          They will not move in or invade Philippines. China’s only concern is security and protection of its people where this vast area is a security threat for them

  • Crisostomo Ibarra

    China’s navy is gearing up for drills near the disputed islands in the South China Sea as reported yesterday.

    • Rocky

      China’s drill is in south China sea NOT west Philippines Sea. They are in Paracel Islands a group of island near Hainan and Vietnam and very far from West Philippines Sea and Spratly islands.

      NEVER LINK THE PARACEL ISLANDS WITH SPRATLY ISLANDS BECAUSE THE TRAVEL TIME BY SHIP FROM PARACEL TO SPRATLY WOULD TAKES 2 DAYS

      • Crisostomo Ibarra

        Relax. Chill. Don’t bust a blood vessel.

        All I’m saying, is that maybe the reason why there is no visible Chinese Coast Guard in Scarborough Shoal, was due to the ships being recalled to their respective mother units as a result of this drills.

        • wildmonk

          Coast guards never were part of any military drills. They are a civilian unit. Only the PLA Navy is involved.

          • Crisostomo Ibarra

            fyi.

            China’s latest drill in the South China Sea was a normal search and rescue exercise, the defense ministry said on Thursday, less than a week after a U.S. navy destroyer sailed near the Paracel Islands, provoking a warning from Chinese warships to leave.

            The China Coast Guard serves as a coordinating agency for maritime search and rescue and law enforcement in the territorial waters of the People’s Republic of China.

  • VERY NICE! Thank you very much President Duterte for your brilliance! This is something never ever able to do by the incompetent yellow fevers for how many years but because not like the yellows you are a brilliant leader Pres. Duterte you only did it in just few days! President Duterte what a true brilliant leader of this country!

  • John Puruntong

    Ang galeng ni Presidente Duterte !!! More power to you Mr President

  • Democratic Warriors

    impeach nyo na c duterte !! mag people power 3 or 4 or 5 0r people power 100 sa Edsa .. GO Na !!! NOW NA !!!

    • Parang tanga lang. Ay ‘di pala, tanga nga talaga.

      • Democratic Warriors

        punta na kayo sa edsa daLi.. dala kayu kandela at flowerz ha? sigaw kayo duterte resign !!! sabay sabay kayo ha?

        • Paul Parenas

          Funny! You talk like a China man……

  • Philips Valero

    NOOOO! what kind of madness is this. We don’t want this kind of news. Please oust the president now. WE WANT THE OLD TIMES back.

    • Joshua Mendoza

      Yes, we want rampant corruption and drugs in government. Pano na lang yung mga ibibigay samin ng mga “ninong” namin sa gobyerno. hahahahaha (sarcasm just in case di nyo ma gets hahahaha)

    • NATAMEME and mga b0b0ng YELLOWTURDS!

    • Alice

      it’s sarcasm guys

  • Пламень За Свободу

    PI ka digong ano ang ginawa mo?!? bakit nag alisan ang mga intsik sa scarborough shoal?!? impeach na yan, puro mura at pagpapahiya sa bansa ang ginagawa!!!

    – said the yellowtard after reacting to this news

  • twnklm

    Great news! Actually, when Duterte got elected and before the release of the Tribunal decision, Filipino fishermen were able to fish again at Panatag because Duterte talked to the Chinese ambassador about it. But after the Tribunal decision, it was back to the previous situation and Filipino fishermen were again blocked from fishing there. So it’s good that the Chinese coast guard are not blocking Filipino fishermen anymore.

  • SpringWinter

    thank you Tatay Digong. and thank you China for resolving peacefully.

  • Lanz Santos

    Baka nag-tea time lang :3

  • onomed

    baka naka cloak lang yung coast guard watch out and ready for ambush lolz

  • John Puruntong

    Sa ginagawa ni Presidente Duterte, at pag tuluyang matahimik ang Siuth China Sea, puwede siyang magawaran ng NOBEL PEACE PRIZE. Kaunaunahang Presidente ng ASia

  • Hirospy

    wag ganyan media mapait sa mga bleeding hearts ang ganyang balita,na hanggang ngayon bitter pa rin

  • KuraPeaCoke

    ano po kayang klasing kasunduan ang nakapag payag sa nangyari?

  • Gangsa

    So now Filipino fishermen have Chinese permission to fish in philipine waters. That’s like getting permission from your neighbor to walk in your own yard.

  • Edwin Subijano

    Talking to the Yanks did not help us !!! So the Yanks told us to talk to the Chinese !!!
    And we did and it helped !!!

  • I’m expecting that there will be New Islands will arise in the Philippines
    ~JesusReigns

  • Noel1067

    Any comment Sen. Trillanes ???