India  

The Filipino fishermen facing off with China

Video Credit: Reuters - Politics - Duration: 02:48s - Published
The Filipino fishermen facing off with China

The Filipino fishermen facing off with China

Filipino fisherman Randy Megu has often braved the storms that spring up in the South China Sea, but these days he has a greater fear: seeing a Chinese maritime enforcement vessel on the horizon.

Gloria Tso reports.

Filipino fishermen are facing off with China’s government - off the coast of the Philippines in the South China Sea.

It’s one of the most hotly contested bodies of water in the world, rich in natural resources and home to a valuable trade route.

So who has sovereignty over these waters?

China claims much of the sea as its own, including this stretch of water in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone, extending 200 nautical miles from its coast.

Five years ago, an international court ruling in the Hague ruled in favor of the Philippines.

But China rejected the verdict, and stands by its claims to territory marked by a so-called Nine Dash Line.

Alongside the Philippines, the Nine Dash Line is also contested by Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam.

But China has shown no signs of backing down - and continues to make military incursions.

The situation is leaving fishermen such as Randy Megu fearful for their livelihoods.

"We get scared, sometimes we get chased by rubber boats and are driven far away.

Many others who have been harassed have also been shot at by water cannons." They used to catch four to five tonnes of fish in less than a week.

Now, if they’re lucky, maybe just a few buckets.

Megu says China has only gotten more aggressive, sending more of its boats to the area.

"The problem here is that, in our own fishing territory, we are the ones who are pushed away.

We feel that it's as if we are the thieves in our own area because the Chinese coast guard doesn't allow us here." 70% of Filipinos want their government to assert its claims, according to an opinion poll last year.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte made it a campaign issue in 2016.

But the firebrand leader has changed his tune since being elected.

Relations with China are now a centerpiece of his foreign policy, and he's called it useless to challenge their vast neighbor.

After some of his cabinet stepped up rhetoric early this year, Duterte barred them from speaking out.

The fishermen had hoped to secure their grounds after the 2016 ruling.

But without enforcement, they see little hope for change.

"We did win, but the problem is the government is not doing anything about it.

Since we won, they should be the ones giving us protection.

Our own navy, just like Sir Chris said - our own navy and coast guard should be there, and not the coast guard of China." Neither the Philippine defense ministry nor Chinese foreign ministry responded to a request for comment.




You Might Like


đź’ˇ newsR Knowledge: Other News Mentions

South China Sea South China Sea Marginal sea of the Western Pacific Ocean

China's new maritime rules seek to tighten control over South China Sea | Oneindia News [Video]

China's new maritime rules seek to tighten control over South China Sea | Oneindia News

China notified new maritime rules that now seek to regulate its waters even more tightly. The worry is that if China implements these rules in the South China sea over which it illegally lays claim, there could be a surge in tensions in the area. #China #SouthChinaSea #USChina

Credit: Oneindia    Duration: 01:38Published
US VP Harris offers Vietnam support to counter Beijing in the South China Sea [Video]

US VP Harris offers Vietnam support to counter Beijing in the South China Sea

Credit: FRANCE 24 English    Duration: 00:31Published
Kamala Harris accuses China of using intimidation to back South China Sea claims [Video]

Kamala Harris accuses China of using intimidation to back South China Sea claims

Credit: FRANCE 24 English    Duration: 01:34Published
Harris hits at China over South China Sea [Video]

Harris hits at China over South China Sea

Vice President Kamala Harris is in Southeast Asia and received questions about the US’ withdrawal from Afghanistan while issuing a strong warning to China over the South China Sea.

Credit: Bleacher Report AOL    Duration: 02:16Published
India's stern message to China, 4 warships head to South China Sea | Oneindia News [Video]

India's stern message to China, 4 warships head to South China Sea | Oneindia News

Four Indian ships are heading to the South China Sea in a stern message to China. The move also signals India's willingness to engage more in regional affairs and counter China. #SouthChinaSea #IndianWarships #IndianNavy

Credit: Oneindia    Duration: 01:47Published

Philippines Philippines Country in Southeast Asia

Covaxin yet to receive WHO's emergency use clearance over technical queries: Report

The countries that have approved Covaxin include Iran, the Philippines, Mauritius, Mexico, Nepal, Guyana, Paraguay, and Zimbabwe.
DNA

Manny Pacquiao Running for Philippines President

Manny Pacquiao has faced many opponents in the ring, but now he's entering a far more brutal sport ... Presidential politics. Manny says he's gonna run for..
TMZ.com

Boxer Manny Pacquiao to run for Philippines president

Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao has said he will run for president of the country next year.
Sky News
Philippines hospitals reeling from COVID crisis [Video]

Philippines hospitals reeling from COVID crisis

Health authorities reported more than 14,000 cases on Sunday - its second-highest daily increase.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO    Duration: 02:44Published

Malaysia Malaysia Country in Southeast Asia

Malaysia’s Muhyiddin resigns after troubled 17 months in power [Video]

Malaysia’s Muhyiddin resigns after troubled 17 months in power

Muhyiddin becomes Malaysia’s shortest-serving prime minister amid persistent squabbling within his coalition.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO    Duration: 02:25Published
Media reports say Malaysian PM to resign Monday [Video]

Media reports say Malaysian PM to resign Monday

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin will resign on Monday, news portal Malaysiakini reported, after losing his majority due to infighting among the ruling coalition. Olivia Chan reports.

Credit: Reuters - Politics    Duration: 01:25Published
New lockdowns across Asia follow surge in COVID-19 infections [Video]

New lockdowns across Asia follow surge in COVID-19 infections

In Malaysia, health officials say the Delta variant of coronavirus is now the dominant strain.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO    Duration: 01:49Published

Taiwan Taiwan Country in East Asia

Taiwanese lawmakers brawl during a political speech [Video]

Taiwanese lawmakers brawl during a political speech

La législature de Taiwan s'est terminée par une bagarre lorsque les législateurs de l'opposition ont interrompu un important discours politique.

Credit: euronews (in English)    Duration: 01:00Published

China accuses British navy of 'evil intentions' as UK warship sails through Taiwan Strait

A British warship has sailed through the Taiwan Strait - a move that angered China, which claims self-governing Taiwan as part of its territory. 
Sky News
Last Look: Taiwan's thriving democracy [Video]

Last Look: Taiwan's thriving democracy

Fareed takes a look at how Taiwan’s relatively young democracy has become exemplary in spite of the looming threat from Beijing.

Credit: Bleacher Report AOL    Duration: 04:56Published
Wary of China, leaders of India, Australia, Japan and the US meet [Video]

Wary of China, leaders of India, Australia, Japan and the US meet

Concern is growing about China's behaviour in the Indo-Pacific region, in particular its repeated flying of warplanes close to Taiwan.

Credit: euronews (in English)    Duration: 01:35Published