Mayor asks help for fishermen

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MARIVELES, Bataan: Mayor Jesse Concepcion of this town on Monday appealed to President Benigno Aquino 3rd to do something to protect Filipino fishermen from harassment in the Scarborough Shoal by the Chinese Coast Guard.

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“Sana aksiyunan ito agad ng mahal na Pangulo. Kung maaari idispatch ang Philippine Coast Guard para protektahan ang ating mga kababayan sa Scarborough Shoal. Ibang bansa ang naghahari, eh sa atin ito [I wish for immediate action from the President. If possible, dispatch Philippine Coast Guard units to protect our fishermen in the area. A foreign country is literally ruling this part of the sea],” he added.

Concepcion said that local government units cannot do anything on the matter, and it is the national government that should act on it.

The mayor made the appeal upon learning that three fishing boats from Sisiman, Mariveles were among those bombarded by a water cannon by the Chinese Coast Guard on April 10, 2015 while fishing at Scarborough Shoal.

One of the fishing boats, FB/Queen Kim Eurich, returned on Sunday, April 19, to Sisiman after arriving in Subic, Zambales from Scarborough on April 16.

Boat Captain Diogenes Corceles he and his crew of 13 arrived at Scarborough Shoal in the afternoon of April 9.

“Nagsisimula kaming mangisda kinabukasan nang bandang alas-2 ng hapon dumating ang isang puting barko ng Chinese Coast Guard na number 3402. Ito’y may parang trompa na may recorded na statement na ‘Get out of Chinese territory, no fishing’ na paulit-ulit na sinasabi [We started fishing the next day at about two in the afternoon when a white ship of the Chinese Coast Guard number 3402 arrived at the area. It started airing a recorded message repeatedly saying ‘Get out of Chinese territory’],” he said.

Corceles said the Chinese then bombarded them with a water cannon that caused their LPG tank to fall down from their fishing boat. One of the fishing crewmen also fell from the boat because of the water cannon spray.

The boat skipper said some Chinese Coast Guard personnel armed with long firearms alighted from the ship on board rubber and steel boats and kept watch.

He said that there were 10 fishing boats from Pangasinan, Zambales and Bataan with more than 10 fishing crews each at the shoal. He said that only seven fishing boats, three from Mariveles, were bombarded with the water cannon.

Asked if he would still come back to Scarborough, Corceles said “yes” because fishing there is their only means of livelihood for the past 17 years.

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  1. eltee mulawin on

    >>> Filipino People of the Philippines !!!! Huwag na tayong umasa sa Pangulo na “TIGAS ..T_ _ i lang NA PARANG BABAE NA NAGME-MENUPAUSE.
    At huwag din tayo umasa sa mga MILITANTE GRUPO tulad ng Bayan Muna, AnakPawis, AKBAYAN, Mayo Uno, KMP at iba pa. Dahil ang mga grupong ito ay PAMPULITIKA PROPAGANDA ANG MGA GAWAIN, KILOS AT MGA SALITA. Karamihan sa kanila ang ideolohiya ay ” Communist China” oriented. Mas lalo huwag umasa sa HYATT 10, Black & White Movement at Artist Guild, sila ay pang-Showbis and political action mayroon lang ,LALO NA KUNG MGA BIYAYA MULA SA D.A.P.

    One of the appropriate action FROM NOW is STOP BUYING & USING PRODUCTS AND DRINKING OR EATING FOODS MADE IN PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF CHINA (PROC) !!! ALSO DO NOT BUY THEIR CAR (GEELY) !!!!

  2. ronnie agustin on

    Problem with Noynoy Aquino is he is all talk no action. This Noynoy initially thought that he is the most and almighty in government when he vowed to strike down Corona after the latter ruled that Hacienda Luisita should be distributed to farmers. All the growth in the economy was not his accomplishment but the effect of GMAs economic policies. All Noynoy did was steal the credit and blame the rest to GMA and his political opponents. Noynoy is simply a flawed leader who was a nobody prior to him being elected as president by accident after Cory Aquino died near the 2010 elections. I sure hope our militants and patriots will organize a flotilla of boats and surround Panatag Shoal. Lets see how the Chinese Coast Guard will handle 100 boats all at the same time. Lets see if they have enough guts to sink the boats.

  3. Huwag niyong sisihin ang PCG gusto nila kayong tulungan pero walang order ng duwag nating Presidente kaya stand down sila.Ipaglaban ninyo ang terrotoryo natin ituloy niyo ang pangigisda ivideo niyo tapos ibigay sa media para maipalabas nila sa news.Huwag matakot sa mga walanghiyang magnanakaw na instik nayan.

  4. Pete Gabriel on

    Pinoys wake up. We are no match, we are push overs, we have a weak and corrupt government that can’t even protect the people that catch the fish to feed us. The corrupt politicians are not doing anything but stealing the peoples money, they do not care, they are too busy putting that public money into their own pocket. Maybe it is better to just tell China to come on over and drink our beer and rape our women, we are a bunch of sick people that can’t even defend our own territory. SAD.