President Duterte speaks with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines, Zhao Jianhua during the Independence Day celebration at the Aguinaldo Shrine on June 12. (Image grabbed from RVTM video)
President Rodrigo Duterte, for the first time since he assumed the presidency, led on June 12 the celebration of the proclamation Philippine independence.
Upon his arrival at the Aguinaldo Shrine, he was welcomed by members of the Diplomatic Corps including Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines, Zhao Jianhua.
The Chinese ambassador said President Duterte personally shared with him the concerns of Filipino fishermen regarding Chinese coast guard personnel who forcibly take their catch at Scarborough Shoal.
The Chinese official assured that investigation will be conducted and vowed to impose appropriate disciplinary action against the coastguards if proven guilty of misconduct. He also confirmed that Chinese coast guards are not allowed to confiscate the catch of Filipino fishermen.
Zhao reiterated that relations between Philippines and China remain friendly. — Rosalie Coz
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