Fishers decry China’s continuous coral reef destruction in WPS

    A fisherfolk’s group staged a protest at the Chinese Consulate in Makati on Wednesday.
    Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya), has condemned China’s “rampant plunder and destruction of marine resources” in the West Philippine Sea.
    “China should be compelled to pay for damaged reefs caused by its aggression and plunder, as well as make them pay back rent for the years of illegal occupation of sea features in our exclusive territory.
    “The government’s cowardice and lack of political will to do so won’t stop us Filipino fishers from standing up against China or to any other foreign invaders,” said Bobby Roldan, Pamalakaya Vice Chair for Luzon.

    METRO MANILA, Philippines — The recent water cannon incident in Ayungin Shoal involving Chinese vessels blasting Filipino ships during a resupply mission ignited the protest.

    “This protest is a reminder that Filipino fishers refuse to bow down to China’s intimidation and harassment in the West Philippine Sea. It is a continued assertion of our territorial and fishing rights no matter how powerful the foreign intruders are,” Mr Roldan said.

    The presence of Chinese militia ships in the region affect “more than 600,000 Filipino fisherfolks”.

    Data from the scientist group AGHAM showed that the country continues to lose at least ₱1.3 trillion yearly due to China’s destruction of 16,000 hectares of coral reefs caused by
    reclamation and illegal poaching in the West Philippine Sea. (HMP/The MiNT)

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