Published On: Tue, Jun 25th, 2019

China can’t fish in PH

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‘No government official can waive this sovereign right of the Filipino people without their consent,’ says Justice Antonio Carpio

Published 10:50 PM, June 25, 2019

Updated 10:50 PM, June 25, 2019

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the Philippine government cannot allow China to fish in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the Philippine government cannot allow China to fish in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio refuted the Duterte government on Tuesday evening, June 25, and said it cannot allow Chinese fishermen to fish in the West Philippine Sea.

“The Philippine government cannot allow Chinese fishermen to fish in Philippine exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the West Philippine Sea because it will violate the Constitution,” Carpio said in a statement.

He added: “The Constitution mandates, ‘The State shall protect the nation’s marine wealth in its…exclusive economic zone, and reserve its use and enjoyment exclusively to Filipino citizens.’ This means that the Philippine government cannot allow Chinese fishermen to fish in our EEZ in the West Philippine Sea. This also means that the ‘use and enjoyment’ of the fish in our EEZ is reserved exclusively to Filipinos.”

Carpio issued this statement after Malacañang, interpreting President Rodrigo Duterte, said the Philippines “will allow” China to fish in the West Philippine Sea “because we’re friends.”

More to follow. – Rappler.com

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