Fishers’ group slammed lifting of Ph-China oil exploration ban in West Ph Sea

“Legally allowing China to exploit our resources is tantamount to violation of our right to self-determination, and right to utilize national patrimony for national development. We remind the Duterte regime that China aggressively occupies 80% of our exclusive economic zone, robs our marine resources, and harasses our fishermen. How could you expect a country that has no regard for our sovereignty to respect this joint venture?” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson said in a statement.

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Duterte’s long-overdue assertion does not fulfill his empty promises on West Philippine Sea — fishers group

Manila, Philippines — “Sham rhetoric, long overdue, and nothing but to save himself from international isolation,” this was how the militant fishers’ group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA) described Duterte’s invoking of Philippines’ international legal victory in a maritime dispute with China during the United Nations General Assembly.

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