No harassment? Expert says Chinese, Filipino fishermen ‘barter’ in high seas
5:46 pm | Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

A development expert supported Malacañang’s claim that what happened between the Chinese coast guard and the Filipino fishermen in Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal was actually a form of “barter.”

George Siy, head of the Integrated Development Studies Institute, said on Wednesday that the public should not make an issue out of the video of members of the Chinese coast guard seen seizing part of the catch of Filipino fishermen.

READ: Caught on video: China Coast Guard taking PH fishermen’s catch in Scarborough

According to Siy, what happened between the two camps was “very normal.”

“‘Yang mga ganyang bagay (These kinds of things) happen all the time, even here (in the country),” said Siy, who is chair emeritus of the Anvil Business Club, an organization established for next-generation Filipino-Chinese businessmen.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque also said earlier that similar incidents happen often in the coasts of the Philippines.

He explained in Filipino that Chinese nationals often give the Filipino fishermen noodles, cigarettes, and water, in exchange for fish.

Filipino fishermen, however, believe that China still has control over the disputed area.

“Sa tingin ko ngayon, Tsina pa rin (I think China has still control of the area),” Rommel Cejuela, a fisherman from Masinloc, Zambales, said. /ee

READ: China still controls Scarborough — PH fishermen

Tags: China , China harassment , Filipino Fishermen , George Siy , militarization of the China Sea , Scarborough shoal

Related Stories:

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

Copyright 2012 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate: c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94