BASCO, Batanes—Residents of this island province rejected the proposed maritime law enforcement agreement between Taiwan and the Philippines.
Provincial information officer Nathan Alcantara said a resolution on the proposed maritime law Enforcement Agreement between Taipei Economic and Cultural Office and Manila Economic and Cultural Office was submitted to the provincial board for discussion last year.
As part of the process, the provincial board conducted a public consultation on the issue where majority of the Ivatan attendees and other sectors rejected the proposal of the Taiwan government.
Itbayat town condemns the rampant poaching activities in the waters off Batanes, depriving the local fishermen their source of livelihood, Alcantara said.
He said there are many reasons on the rejection of the maritime proposal to include continuous poaching of Taiwanese fishermen in Batanes.
The proposed maritime agreement only benefits the Taiwanese as there are no Filipinos or Ivatans dishing in seas off Taiwan,” said Itbayat Mayor Reuel Ibañez.
The mayor and other local officials in the province appealed to concerned officials to reject the proposed agreement of the Taiwanese government.
Local officials also asked for the authorities to uphold the generally accepted principles of the international law and strengthen the maritime law enforcement in the territorial waters and exclusive economic zone of the country.