DU30 says China should allow Pinoys to fish in disputed waters


- President Rodrigo Duterte asked China to allow the entry of Filipino fishermen in disputed areas of the West Philippine Sea
- Duterte said that it's time for China to hear the concerns of the country and allow Filipino fishermen's entry in the zone following the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling on July 12 favoring the Philippines
- Duterte said that the Philippines will not bring up the issue  in the meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Laos on September
Chinese Ambassador to the PH Zhao Jianhua and President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo from Rappler.com
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday asked China to allow the entry of Filipino fishermen in disputed areas of the West Philippine Sea following the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling on July 12 favoring the Philippines.
“It’s about time that they should consider returning the privilege of the Filipinos to fish there,” the President said in a press briefing.
The president also said that China should lift the ban on tourists and allow the Filipinos to fish in the disputed waters. “China should be hearing us out. (It’s) about time that you lift the ban to tourists and allow the Filipinos to fish there,”  he said.
Meanwhile, when asked on whether or not he will bring up arbitral court’s ruling in the meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Laos on September, the president said that the Philippines will not bring up the issue on its own.
The president said however that if somebody would dwell on the issue, he is willing to discuss it. He also added that he is willing to have a state visit in China if that interests the nation. -Kami Media

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