The Philippines is considering legal action against China for allegedly harvesting giant clams in a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, AL Cazeera reports.
Philippines' Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Junior said on Tuesday the government had filed a diplomatic protest after Filipino fishermen reported that Chinese vessels were "mass harvesting giant clams" from the disputed Scarborough Shoal.
"We just caught them doing that recently, filed a diplomatic note, and will be taking legal action," said Locsin in a tweet. "With our legal department now."
Locsin told CNN Philippines in an interview that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) "took the substance" of a related report by the national task force on the West Philippine Sea. He said this report "is verified by us".