Pinoy Fishermen Had Been Missing Since January 13

PINOY FISHERMEN – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is still searching for the Pinoy fishermen who exposed the Chinese harvesting clams in Scarborough Shoal.

China did not withdraw its claim on the West Philippine Sea despite the ruling of the Arbitral Tribunal in 2016. Last year, Malacañang Palace confirmed that the disputed sea is controlled by China.

In a previous article, a coast guard ship owned by China was spotted moving back and forth near Ayuning Shoal in the West Philippine Sea. A maritime expert uploaded a photo of the ship’s trail on Twitter.

Photo Source: UNTV News

Last year, Pinoy fishermen exposed China’s alleged hunt for Scarborough clams. They accompany the reporters to Scarborough Shoal, where a fishing vessel bearing the Chinese flag allegedly extracted giant clams. Based on a report from ABS-CBN News, the seven (7) fishermen went missing in the West Philippine Sea.

The owner of Narem2, Kristine Macaraeg, said the crew of the fishing boat has been missing since January 13. She said the fishermen are heading home in fear of the violent waves. Co-owner Jacinto Gabriel said the incident left him heartbroken because he has considered them as his family.

“Ang hirap mawalan ng pamilya… Ang sakit kasi itinuturing ko na silang pamilya ko,” he said.

Photo Source: ABS-CBN News

According to the report, the Philippine Coast Guard’s aerial survey on Tuesday, January 21, found five (5) Chinese vessels and a different fishing boat in the disputed seas, but not Narem2. PCG-Northwest Luzon Commander Capt. Charlie Rances said they will search for the missing fishermen as long as they can.

“Hanggang kaya pa ay hahanapin naming sila. Naiintindihan naming iyong pangangailangan na makauwi sila sa kanilang pamilya,” said Rances.

Photo Source: GMA News

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