Cause-oriented groups rally at Chinese Consulate to assert PH’s sovereign rights in West PH Sea
Cause-oriented groups rally at Chinese Consulate to assert PH’s sovereign rights in West PH Sea 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Jel SantosMembers of cause-oriented groups held a protest in front of the Chinese Consulate in Makati City to assert the Philippines’ sovereign rights over the West Philippine Sea as the nation celebrates Independence Day. In July 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) recognized Philippines’ sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea or areas of the South China Sea that lie within the country’s 200-mile exclusive economic zone. Bobby Roldan, PAMALAKAYA-Bataan spokesperson, lamented that they cannot still fish because of China’s intimidation, saying two Chinese fishing vessels are stationed in the shoal’s lagoon which is considered as the resource-rich area. This is clearly a concerted effort of China and the Duterte government to militarize the West Philippine Sea at the cost of fishing rights and security of our fisherfolk,” Roldan said.