This is indeed another Duterte Effect: Filipino fishermen were thankful to the presumptive president of the Philippines, Pres. Rody Duterte because they believe that the main reason why the Chinese stopped harassing them was due to the mayor who spoke recently with the Chinese Ambassador. According to the fishermen, they were surprised with the gestures of the Chinese and declared that they can now fish in the disputed Scarborough Shoal.
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In an interview with dzBB, Prof. Rommel Banlois, chairman and executive directr of the Philippine Institute for Peac, Violence and Terrorism Research was quoted as saying “Ngayon ang sitwasyon sa Scarborough Shoal ay nagkakaroon ng pagbabago. Ang mga mangingisda natin ay hindi na nakakaranas ng matinding harassment sa Chinese coast guard,” he said.
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources director Asis Perez confirmed to dzBB in another interview that Filipinos are now freely fishing in the hotly disputed Scarborough Shoal which was occupied by the Chinese Navy during the past few years.
Fishermen from different parts of Luzon were so glad with the latest news that the Chinese Navy stopped harassing the Filipino fishermen who noted that the areas surrounding Scarborough Shoal was used to be their fishing grounds but when the Chinese came they were not allowed to fish in the area until Mayor Rody Duterte set to assume the office of the President.
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