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“Proposed Fishery Pact Gives Taiwan Fleets Unlimited Access To Philippine Waters” Philippines, June 18, 13

The proposed government’s fishery pact with Taiwan would grant Taipei’s industrial fishing fleet unlimited access to the Philippine waters, a militant fisherfolk yesterday warned.
“The fishery pact which the Philippine government wants to clinch with Taiwan will put us in an extremely disadvantage position. It is like serving the country’s marine wealth in a silver platter to Taiwanese fishing giants at the expense of the patrimonial, sovereign and territorial rights of nearly 100 million Filipino people,” the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said in a statement, adding that “it is colossal excuse coming from a weak government who cannot depend and assert sovereignty and independence.” Pamalakaya vice chairman Salvador France warned President Aquino that only a handful of Philippine fishing fleet could explore the country’s ocean waters compared to the vastly improved Taiwanese fishing fleet which regularly poach inside the country’s territorial waters to fish for tuna and other high value marine resources.
“Taiwan wants unlimited fishing access in the Philippines and that is the real score and the Manila government seems like ready to give in to the request,” the Pamalakaya leader noted.
He said the Aquino’s proposed fishery pact with Taiwan will expand the coverage of the existing RP-Taiwan Sea Lane Accord signed during the administration of former President Ferdinand Marcos and was beefed by an executive order signed by the President’s mother— former President Corazon Aquino, and former Executive Secretary and now Sen. Franklin Drilon on Aug. 5, 1991.
France was referring to the late President Aquino’s Executive Order 473 entitled the Establishment of Sea Lanes for the Use of Fishing Vessels in Proceeding To and From Their Fishing Areas in the South Pacific Ocean Subject to Certain Conditions.