PCG removes floating barriers at Bajo De Masinloc

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Posted at Sep 26 2023 10:44 AM | Updated as of Sep 26 2023 11:16 AM

PCG removes floating barriers at Bajo De Masinloc

A member of the Philippine Coast Guard removes the hazardous floating barrier installed by the Chinese Coast Guard at the southeast entrance of Bajo De Masinloc (BDM) on Monday, following instruction from President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. thru National Task Force for the West Philippine Sea (NTF-WPS), Sec. Eduardo Año.

The barrier, according to PCG, posed a hazard to navigation, a clear violation of international law. It also hinders the conduct of fishing and livelihood activities of Filipino fisherfolk in Bajo De Masinloc, which is an integral part of the Philippine national territory. The 2016 Arbitral Award has affirmed that Bajo De Masinloc is the traditional fishing ground of Filipino fishermen.