• 07/17/2019
  • 12:21 PM
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FISHING COMMUNITY CALLS FOR DUTERTE IMPEACHMENT



Dozens of protesters from the Philippine fishing community called for the impeachment of President Rodrigo Duterte in Manila on Friday.

The group claimed the government has compromised the fishing rights of Filipinos and depleted the country's resources in the South China Sea.

Last month, Duterte said he had a 2016 verbal agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping that allows Beijing to fish in Philippine's exclusive economic zone, but some of the Duterte's cabinet members have given different descriptions of the agreement.

Protest leader Fernando Hicap of the National Federation of Small Fisherfolk Organization called for Duterte's impeachment over the issue.

Earlier this year, two former Philippine officials accused Xi and other Chinese officials of turning seven disputed reefs into islands in a massive engineering feat, causing extensive environmental damage, and of blocking large numbers of fishermen, including about 320,000 Filipinos, from their fishing grounds.

China's island-building, which started in 2013 in an effort to construct air and naval bases in the disputed waters, reportedly destroyed large expanses of coral reefs and endangered fisheries. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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