A fisherman rows to shore in Manila Bay on October 31. Photo: Xinhua
A fisherman rows to shore in Manila Bay on October 31. Photo: Xinhua

‘We are not at war with China’: Philippines’ fishermen militia plan put on pause

  • Defence officials said last month they were considering recruiting fishermen into South China Sea seaborne militia units similar to those used by Beijing
  • But the plan has not been ‘finalised’ as Manila is keen to avoid ‘actions that would be misconstrued‘, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon said

Topic |   The Philippines
A fisherman rows to shore in Manila Bay on October 31. Photo: Xinhua
A fisherman rows to shore in Manila Bay on October 31. Photo: Xinhua
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