China controls disputed waters, we can only protest: Panelo

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Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that as far as he knows Filipino fishermen are not longer being shooed away by Chinese authorities in Scarborough Shoal. He also said that, currently, China has control in disputed waters.

However, he said that if it is still happening, the government will file protest.

“I’m saying that you have to show proof that that is still happening now. Because if it is still happening now, then we will protest. We will not allow that to happen to our fishermen,” he explained during the March 25 press briefing.

He also said that China has forces in disputed waters.

“May magagawa ba tayo eh sila ang may control as of now, ‘di ba? Mayroon silang puwersa doon. We can only protest like any other country na nagki-claim, like Vietnam and other – kung ano pang bansa iyon na nagki-claim. Sa ngayon iyon lang ang magagawa natin eh. You want us to declare war against them?” he explained.