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Philippine Fishing Fleets Urged to Maintain Presence at Disputed Shoal as Tensions Build

A Philippine fisherman and his dog pilot a boat past other vessels close to the Chinese-held Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. Image: Ted Aljibe / AFP

The Philippine coastguard called on its country’s fishing fleets to keep operating around the Scarborough Shoal (known as Bajo de Masinloc in the Philippines and Huangyan Dao in China) despite the large Chinese presence in the disputed South China Sea area.

Coastguard spokesperson Jay Tarriela said while Philippine government vessels can’t maintain a constant presence, they are committed to protecting the country’s fishing rights in what it sees as its Exclusive Economic Zone.

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