Philippines jails Chinese fishermen for infringing wildlife law

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isthnu wrote:

Apparently, the Philippines is putting the cart before the horse. Frightening the fishermen with guns and illegally holding the men who are merely working in their own territory, these indecent behaviors are like kids out on a rampage lacking adult supervision and minimum intelligence. Nab those “police” and the perpetrators instead for committing such felonies.

May 10, 2014 3:50am EDT  --  Report as abuse
thetarget wrote:

APPARENTLY the Philippines has finally put their foot down (figuratively) against the Chinese continuous infringement. The South China Sea should not even be disputed. It has never belong to China. China has never carried out its responsibility to provide safety in South China Sea, it has been solely done by the ASEAN nations. Therefore in my books China has no rights at all to claim SCS. More over, these fishermen are not ‘working’ in their own territory, pouching for illegal animals are illegal even in their homes. Any country that demands innocence for their citizens who broke the law should reflect on their own morals.

May 10, 2014 4:16am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Andao wrote:

@isthnu

Did you bother to read the article before launching into a tirade?

“the fishermen were caught about 60 miles off Palawan, but within the country’s exclusive economic zone.”

Chinese fisherman are in the wrong here

May 10, 2014 4:33am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Pterosaur wrote:

Philippines are declaring war to China.

May 10, 2014 7:50am EDT  --  Report as abuse
lecciones wrote:

Poaching in Philippine Waters or poaching endangered species in any country for that matter should be punished. Especially since these turtles are protected. It is about time to ban the practice of using these endangered turtles in their food or else they will definitely go extinct, they aren’t cows which we can domesticate and multiply to ensure a supply, look at the Japanese – the international community is successfully reducing their whaling activities. Are the Chinese too uncooperative with international law on endangered species to take action on this?

Regarding the comments about this being Chinese territory, this is within the ECXLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE of the Philippines, PHILIPPINES, as guided by international norms – which of course the Chinese flout – the time will come when Chinese commitments to any agreements be it business or international relations will be regarded as empty.

The Chinese population on the other and is willfully ignorant of what the rest of the world is thinking about international issues and what the rest of the world thinks of them – thanks again to their government that would sacrifice openness and liberty so that their regime would control the country indefinitely.

May 10, 2014 8:01am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Davage wrote:

China harasses Filipino fishermen 60 miles off the coast of the Philippines, well within the Philippines UNICLOS defined EEZ, –ALL THE TIME–. It’s good to see the Philippines standing up and defending their rights against Chinese state-sponsored theft.

May 10, 2014 10:27am EDT  --  Report as abuse
isthnu wrote:

The sea has a name: South “China” Sea, and Chinese fishermen have been there for centuries. They’ll still be there for the better part of existence.

May 10, 2014 5:20pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
porkyxxx wrote:

so the philippines sea . belongs to all the philippines be careful .. Philippines sea is even bigger than the south china sea , the indian ocean belongs to india ?? inner mongolia belongs to mongolia then ??

common sense alert ….

May 11, 2014 2:47am EDT  --  Report as abuse
porkyxxx wrote:

for centuries ? even before motorize ships and refrigeration ? fishermen used to poach 500 miles away from chinese coasts ?

May 11, 2014 2:49am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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