A former Marine captain is organizing a fleet of fishing boats to go to West Philippine Sea. “We will go there unarmed. We are going there on fishing boats only but we are going to show our resolve that this is ours,” former Marine Captain Nicanor Faeldon said as quoted by Philippine News Agency.
Faeldon said they will go to Recto Bank (Reed Bank) to prevent China take over the said oil and gas-rich territory in West Philippine Sea.
The former Marine officer said a truck with maps of the West Philippine Sea in its sides and sign boards will travel around the country for an awareness campaign. Sign boards will show “Stop reclamation at Kalayaan”, “Get out from our EEZ”, “Stop bullying us” and “Filipino patriots, unite and oppose bullying at West Philippine Sea”.
“We will go to all provinces, even at the island-provinces,” Faeldon said. “The final destination will be Palawan. The objective is to inform as many people as we could about the problem we face in Palawan and solicit from them commitment.”
“The objective is to get at least one fishing boat per province, that’s around 82 fishing boats which are going to sail [to Recto Bank] together by October. Our target is to reach Palawan by October, after going around the entire country,” he explained.
Former Marine Captain Faeldon was part of the Oakwood Mutiny in 2003.
In May 2012, Faeldon planned a patriotic voyage to Bajo de Masinloc also known as Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal), however, the government discouraged him from proceeding.