Vice President Leni Robredo hits China for saying that they are only allowing Filipino fishermen to fish in Scarborough Shoal ‘out of good will’, stressing that such is an insult to the country and the Filipinos.
Speaking to reporters, Robredo stressed that such statements is a big slap to the government, as she questioned the need to ask for permission in the country’s own territory.
She also asserted the country’s rights in line with the 2016 Hague ruling that upheld the exclusive rights of the Philippines over the resources within the West Philippine Sea.
This as she stressed that based on the Arbitration Tribunal, Scarborough Shoal is covered by the country’s exclusive economic zone, and that Filipino fishermen have the exclusive right to fish in the maritime territory, questioning anew the notion of asking permission from China.
The Vice President reacted to China’s statement a day after Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua attended the Independence Day rites with President Rodrigo Duterte in Kawit, Cavite on Tuesday.
While Robredo is pushing the administration to fight for Filipinos’ rights, the Vice President made it clear that she is not advocating for a war with China.