by Leslie Ann G. Aquino
Retired Puerto Princesa Bishop Pedro Arigo suspects there is a behind-the-scenes deal that spurred the Chinese government to allow Filipinos to fish again at the Scarborough Shoal.
“It is an exchange for what? It is giving to get something more than what is given,” Arigo said in an interview.
“I hope mine is only negative thinking,” he added.
If indeed there was a deal, it should not be at the expense of giving up the country’s claims in the disputed West Philippine Sea, the prelate said.
“Not at the expense of surrendering our rights,” Arigo said.
Filipino fishermen had for years been prevented by China’s coast guard from going near the Scarborough Shoal.
On Monday, it was reported that Filipinos were finally allowed to resume fishing in the area without being harassed by Chinese authorities.