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Philippines says Chinese seizures of fish catches are unacceptable

Complaints have been raised with the Chinese ambassador after the incident at Scarborough Shoal.

The Philippines government said the Chinese coast guard’s seizures of fish caught by Filipino fishermen near a disputed shoal are unacceptable.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque presented three fishermen who described their experiences in a news conference on Monday at the presidential palace.

Mr Roque said he and the foreign secretary have raised the incidents with the Chinese ambassador in Manila, who, he said, has assured them that the Chinese coast guard personnel would be punished if the Filipinos’ complaints are proven after an investigation.

President Duterte has avoided strong criticism of China despite the row (AP)

The recent incidents at the Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea drew attention after a local TV network interviewed some fishermen and showed video of the alleged Chinese confiscations.

The incidents come despite friendlier ties between the Asian neighbours under president Rodrigo Duterte, who has avoided criticising China in public.

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