Panelo says DFA will sue China for poaching giant clams in Panatag
Presidential Legal Adviser Salvador Panelo said the foreign affairs department would take legal action against Chinese nationals harvesting giant clams in the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal in the West Philippine Sea.
Reports showed that Chinese nationals continue to extract giant clams in what has been recognized as a traditional fishing ground off the
coast of Zambales.
“I think the Secretary of Foreign Affairs already made a tweet on that. He said he will take legal action. He had already filed a note verbale or diplomatic protest,” Panelo said.
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The presidential spokesperson said that since China has been “consistent” in performing acts of ownership or sovereignty over those areas, the Philippines should do the same.
“We have to be consistent with ours. As far as we are concerned, that is ours so we will be objecting to any intrusion into our own territory,” Panelo assured.
Panelo said it was also the President’s call to bring up the issue during his attendance in the upcoming Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, China on April 25. (PNA)