If the Philippines fails in The Hague, Netherlands and the world allows China to put up a “no fishing” sign around the Great Wall of Sand (China’s fake islands in West Philippine Sea), the Filipino people will starve of fish – a staple food in the country, Senate President Pro-Tempore Senator Ralph Recto.
“It will hit us where it hurts most – our stomach,” the Senator said.
“This is the reason why, regardless of our politics, whoever our bet for 2016 is, we should unite in support of our Philippine delegation to The Hague,” he added.
He added that if China succeeds – through might, not right – in making the West Philippine Sea its exclusive fishpond, it will not only lead to the disappearance of a large chunk of space from our territory, but also fish from our table.
“This is not just a battle about cartography but about calories. What we’re stopping is a Made-in-China food shortage,” Recto said.
“Put another way, it is a P410-million a day industry. Ipagpalagay mo na lang na kalahati ay galing sa West Philippine Sea, eh di P200 milyon ang mawawala sa atin araw-araw pag naglagay ang China ng ‘Do not enter’ sign sa Spratlys, sa Bajo de Masinloc. Pati dagat sa tapat ng Ilocos inaangkin na rin nila,” he explained.