In this July 4, 2019 photo, human rights lawyer Chel Diokno speaks regarding protecting the Filipino fishermen as well as the exclusive Economic Zone in the West Philippines Sea during a press conference in Quezon City.
Brain - Diokno sees government hand in fishers' withdrawal from Kalikasan plea
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Jose Manuel " Chel " Diokno on Wednesday questioned the circumstances behind the withdrawal of fishermen from Palawan and Zambales as petitioners for a writ of kalikasan

"They did this with full knowledge and consent, dahil ang gusto lang naman nila e makapangisda sa sarili nating dagat, at kumita ng sapat para mabuhay ang kanilang pamilya (they just want to fish in our own sea and to earn enough to support their family)," Diokno said in a statement

Diokno was referring to the 22 fishermen whose fishing boat was sunk by a Chinese vessel

Diokno raised concerns over the safety of Filipino fishermen

The Philippine Star