MANILA - The Philippine government will not recognize China’s new fisheries law now that the latter has insisted it has jurisdiction over Hainan province, which also includes Philippine territories.
In a statement, Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez said China has clarified that "the new regulation is an implementation of China's fisheries law and covers the jurisdiction of Hainan province."
He said the department is protesting the latest action from China "since the jurisdiction of Hainan province included the PH territories and impinges on the PH [exclusive economic zone].”
He said the law being invoked by China is contrary to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas (UNCLOS), which deals on how coastal nations should observe enforcement of their maritime laws.
Hernandez clarified that Filipino fishermen can still fish in the area being contested, since it is part of the Philippines' Exclusive Economic Zone.
He said the Department of National Defense gave word that the Armed Forces of the Philippines will continue to provide assistance to Filipino fishermen who gets their living from Panatag Shoal.
The new fishing regulation over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) requires foreign fishing vessels to secure permission from China when entering the disputed waters. With a report by Jorge Carino, ABS-CBN News