The Philippines is bent on filing a diplomatic protest if it is proven that the Chinese Coast Guard is driving away Filipino fishermen from Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea, presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said on Monday. China claims 90 percent of the 3.5-million-square-kilometer South China Sea, including waters within the Philippines’ 370-kilometer exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Back to shoalOn Monday, a group of fishermen from Infanta, Pangasinan province, sailed to Panatag Shoal, hoping the Chinese Coast Guard would not stop them. Quoting his brother-in-law, who had just returned from the shoal, Domalanta said Chinese Coast Guard ships had increased from four to six since last week. In Zambales, fishermen have been avoiding the disputed shoal as the Chinese Coast Guard remained aggressive, driving them away from their traditional fishing ground.
Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer March 25, 2019 21:11 UTC