Filipino-Led Mission Challenges Chinese Blockade in West Philippine Sea

The Atin Ito! coalition undertook a historic mission, delivering supplies to Filipino fisherfolk in the West Philippine Sea despite Chinese opposition, highlighting tensions over territorial disputes.

The Atin Ito! coalition, in a historic mission on December 10, 2023, is the first civilian-led humanitarian convoy bearing daily necessities and Christmas gifts to the Filipino fisherfolk who were harassed and prevented from fishing by China in the disputed West Philippine Sea. West Philippine Sea is the official designation by the government of the Philippines to parts of the South China Sea that includes the country’s exclusive economic zone. China claims almost the whole of South China Sea.

The Atin Ito! coalition is a diverse gathering of citizens coming from all walks of life, including activists, fisherfolk, artists, church leaders and entrepreneurs. The coalition also includes groups like Akbayan Citizens’ Action Party, Akbayan Youth, Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement, the Center for Agrarian Reform for Empowerment and Transformation, Pambansang Katipunan ng mga Samahan sa Kanayunan, Pambansang Kilusan ng mga Samahang Magsasaka, and Team Manila Lifestyle.

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