STATEMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS SECRETARY ALBERT F. DEL ROSARIO ON THE SCARBOROUGH SHOAL ISSUE
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STATEMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS SECRETARY ALBERT F. DEL ROSARIO ON THE SCARBOROUGH SHOAL ISSUE

Manila : Philippines | Apr 14, 2012 at 3:29 AM PDT
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Clinch River, TN - Cold Water Shoals [Fly Fishing]

Philippines - As of last night April 13, 2012 , the following observations were made that the number of white Chinese civilian ship had been reduced to one and all the Chinese fishing had left the lagoon.

Ambassador Ma Keqing and I had been trying to reach an understanding on the Chinese fishing vessels along the path of our providing gesture of goodwill in the spirit of the Years Friendly Exchanges lauched in Beijing last April 11 and previously in Manila on March 20.

I have started that we should be willing to allow the Chinese boats to return to China following the confiscation of their harvest of endangered species by our authorities . There was no clear agreement as Ambassador Ma had asserted that Chinese fishing vessels would be subject to inspection by their own authorities .

We had later learn that the Chinese fishing vessels had left the lagoon, a development which we had been working toward except for our not being able to confiscate their illegal harvest pursuant to the Fisheries Code, which was regrettable .

Somewhere later , the second white Chinese civilian ship had decided to leave the area so that only one white Chinese ship remained.

The meeting with Ambassador Ma last night resulted in a stalemate as we had demanded of one another that the other nation's ship be first to leave the area.

We continue to monitor the situation in coordination with concerned agencies.

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A handout photo shows members of the Philippines Navy inspecting one of eight Chinese fishing boats spotted in the Scarborough Shoal
A handout photo shows members of the Philippines Navy inspecting one of eight Chinese fishing boats spotted in the Scarborough Shoal
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