MANILA — The « verbal » fishing agreement between President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping to fish Chinese nationals in the Philippines` exclusive economic zone (EEZ) remains « legally binding, » Malacaang said Monday. « I don`t have the contents of the agreement in my possession, » Tolentino replied. President Salvador Panelo`s spokesman made the remark a week after Duterte laid bare that he had struck an agreement with Xi to allow the Chinese to fish in the Philippines` 200-nautical-mile EEZ if China allowed Filipinos to fish at The Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal during their first bilateral meeting in October 2016. He also said that such agreements are concluded especially when there are security issues that need to be resolved « quickly or slowly to avoid serious conflicts. » For maritime and legal experts, the so-called oral agreement should be made public. « Remember we weren`t allowed in Scarborough (Shoal) before. They were ejected. But after (the agreement) everything was fine, » Panelo said. The 2016 fishing agreement between Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping allowed the Chinese to fish within the Philippines` 200-nautical-mile EEZ if China allowed Filipinos to fish in the Panatag (Scarborough). « Does it not make sense that we are officially recorded in the minutes, what is the agreement and the parameters of the agreement we had in 2016? Do we now doubt the existence of this agreement? Drilon asked.
The Post Duterte`s verbal agreement with China on the maritime dispute has not yet made politics – Nograles first appeared on UNTV News. However, it remains to be seen whether the government authorities will comply with this agreement, as they also violate the Fisheries Act and contradict the 2016 Hague ruling. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said the coast guard would always prevent Chinese fishermen from fishing in the exclusive economic zone if they were able to do so. Foreign Minister Teodoro Locsin Jr. said the agreement could not be implemented. Defence Minister Deflin Lorenzana also said that despite Duterte`s statements, no formal fisheries agreement with China would be drawn up. READ: Locsin: Verbal fisheries agreements with China cannot be implemented Foreign Minister Teodoro Locsin Jr. also said that the oral agreement cannot be enforced.
« The oral agreement cannot be obtained because it is verbal, just as (Senator) Frank (lin) Drilon said you need a document to prove an agreement. It`s exactly as it is, » Locsin said. (Editor: Eden Estopace) MANILA, Philippines – The oral agreement between President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping to allow China to fish within the Philippines` Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) was merely an « agreement of agreement » and not a « national policy. » Even diplomatic agreements that have a shocking impact on the country`s sovereign rights and food security are not spared the predilection for pure oral injunctions. In July, Duterte said he had reached an agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping that required him to allow Chinese fishermen to fish in Philippine waters, even though the constitution does not allow it.