Articles worth reading
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte / QC PIO

Quezon City mayor wants better crowd management

account_balanceQuezon City access_time5 days ago

Quezon City government officials will meet with officers of the Quezon City Police District, barangays, QC Department of Public Order and Safety, QCDRRMO and other relevant agencies to discuss how crowding in encounter sites, like what happened in Co...

Photo coutesy of: Isko Moreno Domagoso Facebook page

Manila simulates vaccine transport 

account_balanceManila access_time5 days ago

The city government of Manila conducted its own simulation exercise of transporting the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccines from its central storage facility at the Sta. Ana Hospital to 18 identified target vaccination sites in the city, acc...

PNP-PDEA shootout leaves four dead

account_balanceMetro Manila access_time5 days ago

Four people were killed in Wednesday's controversial shootout between anti-drug operatives of the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, authorities said in a report by CNN Philippines. Aside from the two pol...

Metro News

Filipino youth assert rights over West Philippine Sea

account_balanceMetro News account_circleJames Lopes chat_bubble_outline0 Comments

A youth movement has urged the Filipino youth to help preserve water bodies in the country, with the fight to push for the rights of Filipino fishermen to resources in the West Philippine Sea at the forefront of the campaign, according to a report by Philippine News Agency.

“Dapat tayo mismong mga Filipino yung nakakatanggap ng mga natural na yaman ng ating bansa. Tulungan natin ang mangingisdang Pilipino na magkaroon ng lugar para sa kanilang pagkakakitaan. (Filipinos should be the ones who should benefit from the Philippines’ natural resources. Let us unite in helping Filipino fishermen have a safe place for their livelihood),” Jericho Quidez said in a documentary.

Quidez is among the 100 youths who were part of the pioneering batch of the Kabataang Makadagat created in October 2020.


The group cited the crucial role of the youth in the campaign to preserve Scarborough, also known as Panatag shoal.

In the documentary “Ang Batang Anak Ng Dagat”, Quidez said his father was last seen on Sept. 30, 2012 along with eight of his colleagues when they sailed to catch fish in Panatag.

It was in the same year the Philippines figured in a standoff against China at Scarborough shoal off Zambales province.

“Bata pa ako, nakakain kami ng lobster dala ni Papa galing siyang mangisda sa Scarborough. May nahuhuli din sila sa Panatag. Doon ko nasabi na kaya naman pala ng normal na pamilyang Pilipino na makatikim ng ganito, sagana talaga ang yamang dagat doon. (When I was younger, my father would bring home lobster after fishing at Scarborough. That’s when I realized that even normal Filipino families can have it for dinner, that our water resources are bountiful),” he shared.

However, his father, along with other fishermen, were not able to return home.

The weather went rough after some days when the group sailed.

“Before, ang Panatag Shoal pinupuntahan ng mga mangingisda (Filipino) kapag masama ang panahon kasi nga banayad ang alon doon kahit may bagyo kaya sya tinawag na panatag. Paikot kasi yung island. Pero nagstart talaga noong 2012, grabe na yung ginagawang bullying sa kanila. Binobomba na sila ng tubig ng mga Chinese coast guards at hinaharang na yung pagpasok nila sa shoal (When things were fine, Filipino fishermen would find refuge in Panatag shoal during storms because the water is calm, that’s why it gained the name “panatag” [tranquil, undisturbed]. The island is like shape of a horse shoe. But in 2012, bullying intensified. Chinese coast guards would point water guns at them and they would block the passage to the shoal, their safe haven),” he added.

The group has sought recommendation for the creation of Kabataang Makadagat and suggested that it should be a nationwide movement – an organization that fights for the protection of the marine ecology and treasures of the Philippine archipelago.

Presence during pandemic

Meanwhile, a Washington-based group of experts said the Chinese Coast Guard has increased its presence in the West Philippine Sea at the height of the pandemic in 2020.

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative recently reported that Chinese forces conducted patrols at Scarborough Shoal for a total of 287 days from Dec. 1, 2019.

“At least one Chinese Coast Guard ship, often two, would broadcast Automatic Identification System data from Scarborough Shoal during this period, analyzing information collected by the tracking service MarineTraffic," it said.

In August 2019, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana reiterated his stand on the Philippines’ “possession” and “position” in the West Philippine Sea.

“While China may have an advantage in the South China Sea because of its existing structures built on artificial islands, which it has hardened and militarized, it is in position, and to a certain degree, has possession of only a very small part of the South China Sea,” he said.

Lorenzana said the Philippines also has “possession and position” in the West Philippine Sea, adding that possession, position, and control are different realities that do not necessarily exist together.

“Although several claimant countries are occupying features in the South China Sea, not one of them has complete and sole control over that entire body of water,” he added.

Under President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration, the Department of National Defense has scaled up existing facilities in the West Philippine Sea particularly in Pag-asa, its biggest island.

DND said the move aims to accommodate more residents and personnel.

date_rangeDate Published
1 month ago
shareShare article
folder_openArticle tags
content_copyCategorized under

Share your thoughts with us

Related Articles

Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro

Marikina keeps strict health protocols 

account_balanceMarikina chrome_reader_mode5 days ago

The city of Marikina will continue implementing strict health protocols ahead of the arrival of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines in the country, Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said in a report by Philippine News Agency. "Marikina ...

Cebu Pacific lifts change fees 

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode1 day ago

Cebu Pacific said it permanently removed change fees, allowing passengers to rebook as many times as they need. The carrier believes that flexibility is critical in restoring passenger confidence in air travel. “In a recent survey we cond...

Mandaluyong issues downpayment for Astrazeneca vaccines

account_balanceMandaluyong chrome_reader_mode1 week ago

Mandaluyong City made a 20-percent down payment to AstraZeneca for the 150,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine it has ordered, the city public information office said in a report by GMA News. In a Facebook post, Mandaluyong City PIO said the amount w...

The struggles in 2020 of the casino industry in the Philippines

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode5 months ago

Do you want to learn more about the challenges and predictions for the gambling industry in the Philippines? Find all answers in this article!

Let's Stay Connected Like us on our Facebook page.
Click on the article to continue reading
Quezon City adopts no contact apprehension system Red Cross pushes saliva test Vaccines from COVAX to arrive in Q1 Makati Shangri-La to close doors on Feb. 1 Cities in NCR to start vaccination simultaneously Mother, girlfriend of Filipino infected with UK variant also test positive Send Press Release MNC Facebook Page MNC Twitter Page MNC Instagram Page LGU Spotlight Barangay Front Business Sports Entertainment Metro Gen Metro Feature