Nation should assert South China Sea rights — SWS poll

Protesters hold a sign at a dialogue during a protest on China’s deployment of missiles on the Philippine-claimed reefs in the West Philippines Seas, in Quezon City on May 22. — PHILSTAR/MICHAEL VARCAS

MAJORITY of Filipinos think that the Philippines should assert its right to disputed islets in the South China Sea and arrest Chinese fishermen who destroy marine resources in the area, according to a poll by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

The polling company said 87 percent of Filipinos shared these sentiments based on a poll conducted last month, it said in a statement.

Meanwhile, President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s plan to discuss in his yearly address to Congress a verbal deal with China allowing its nationals to fish in the waters would make it a binding legal agreement, Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio said…

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