Filmmaker behind Colmenares’ fishermen docu welcomes Palace’s ‘change of tone’

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Filmmaker Kip Oebanda, who made the video featuring Filipino fishermen affected by Chinese aggression in Scarborough Shoal tagged as a “welcome change of tone” the Palace’s response that the President may raise Scarborough Shoal harassment issue during his China visit.

The short documentary released by opposition senatorial candidate and former Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares features the stories of two Filipino fishermen whose catch were seized by the Chinese Coast Guard.

“Can’t believe our little video has had so much reach and for two days has been a part of the national discourse. This is the right reply from the government. Instead of outright denial of the problem they admit it and MAY do something about it. I am skeptical about this promise but I’ll take what I can (also vote for Neri Colmenares because this is what happens when you have politicians who actually listen to people),” the filmmaker said.

Oebanda previously slammed presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo for saying that their video is not factual and that their footage is old.

“How about instead of lying to the people about the video, go there yourself and actually talk to the fishermen? How about address their concerns instead. This is not meant to be a smear campaign against the government. No need to be defensive. This is just about the truth. Our fishermen are starving,” he said.

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