The Naval Forces West (NFW) confirmed Monday that the number of Chinese fishing vessels (CFVs) being sighted daily in the vicinity of Kalayaan town in the West Philippine Sea has significantly decreased compared to the last quarter of 2018.
NFW spokesperson Lt. Ronnie Riel Grimpola said that based on their reports, the number of CFVs sighted daily has gone down but he refused to give any figure.
“Based sa report na natatanggap namin, kung ikukumpara mo ang last quarter noong nakaraang taon… since napunta ang ating presidente sa China, na-lessen siya. Hindi ko puwedeng ibigay sa inyo ang [figures] for security reasons, pero definitely kunti na sila,” Grimpola said.
Early this May, Kalayaan Mayor Roberto del Mundo said in an interview with Palawan News that the number of daily CFV sightings have gone down to seven from what was over 50 during the last quarter of 2018 to the first quarter of the year.
He said the CFVs continue to catch fish in the areas between Subi and Pag-asa Island.
“Lumiit na ngayon [ang bilang] halos nasa pito na lang. Dati marami ‘yan pero as usual nandiyan lang sila sa paligid,” he said.