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Carpio warns Pinoys will be empty-handed if China fishes in West PH Sea

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There will be nothing left for Filipino fishermen in Reed Bank if China is allowed to fish there, Supreme Court (SC) Justice Antonio Carpio said.

Carpio made this warning as he continue to oppose the verbal agreement between President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping to allow China to fish within the Philippine exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Duterte disclosed the agreement following the incident at the Reed Bank where a Filipino fishing vessel was sunk after being rammed by a Chinese ship which was not supposed to be there being within the EEZ.

Carpion revealed “China has the largest fishing fleet in the world with huge modern trawlers.”

“The Filipinos only have wooden boats with outriggers,” Carpio lamented.

“The Chinese can deplete the fish in Reed Bank very quickly,” he warned.

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