References: Atty. Harry L. Roque Jr. 09175398096 and Atty. Gilbert T. Andres 09228952111
Filipino fisher folks, from the municipality of Infanta in Pangasinan province, who used to fish near the marine-resource rich fishing grounds of Scarborough Shoal (known locally as “Bajo de Masinloc” and also as “Panatag Shoal”) will file an urgent appeal to the United Nations in relation to the massive and gross human rights violations committed against them by the state agents of the People’s Republic of China. Members of the Chinese coast guard have repeatedly turned away Filipino fishermen from fishing near the disputed shoal and this has led to heavy economic losses for the fishermen.
The petition filing will be preceded by a forum on 22 September 2015, Tuesday, from 9:00 am to 12 noon, at the Pangasinan State University, Infanta Campus. The forum will be led by Infanta fisher folks, officers from the Pangasinan State University, UP Institute of International Legal Studies (IILS), Centerlaw and other stakeholders in the province.