Meanwhile, declining fish stocks around Hong Kong waters have forced fishermen there to venture further into disputed territories, risking conflict and confrontation.
Pang Wah-kan is Chairman of the Joint Committee of Hong Kong Fishermen’s organizations.
“We started fishing in the South China Sea in the 1960s," said From then on, several cases are reported that Filipino authorities detained our fishermen and ships and fined them. Some were detained and even confiscated by Malaysian authorities as well.”
The stand-off started in April when a Philippines Navy ship tried to arrest Chinese fishermen for allegedly harvesting endangered species of sharks and coral.
Chinese surveillance boats intervened and the two sides have since engaged in a war of words.
Nestor Daet is head of a Masinloc fishermen’s watch group that monitors for illegal fishing.
“I think our government sent about two ships, four? And the other are Philippines coast guard, I think," said Daet. "But, compared to the Naval ships of Chinese we are no match. It's like David and Goliath.”
Fishermen on both sides say their governments need to come to an agreement so they can all make a living.
“We should help each other to protect our seas so that ...we can return the stocks, the fish stocks of the sea,” said Jerry Escape, an officer with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Masinloc.
Despite the stand-off, fishermen here say relations with Chinese fishermen have always been so friendly that in the past they would often barter with each other when fishing far from shore.
They hope that tradition continues next fishing season at the disputed Scarborough Shoals ( Voice of America)
But folks we couldnt forget the Chinese Media claims that not only the Scarborough Shoal and Spratlys, but the entire Philippines is belongs to China which was a total sign of desperation.
We all know that there are Fil-Chinese who lived in the Philipines and because of that, some of them posted on their famous newspaper website that the Spralys is belongs to China(Manlia Standard Today, April 2012) which was the Filipino community turned down their heads because of their own son.