Philippine fishermen seek tough leader

Published on 9 May 2016 11:34:30 AM

Fishermen in the Philippines whose livelihoods have been hit by the South China Sea dispute hope for a tough new president to sort out their troubles. Paul Chapman reports.
Times are tough in the Philippines fishing town of Masinloc.

Its inhabitants say their livelihoods have been hit by China's disputed claims over most of the South China Sea.

Chinese coastguard vessels are blocking the entrance to Scarborough Shoal which the Philippines also claims.

With elections fast approaching in the Philippines, some are hoping a new president will bring a decisive action.

Former boat captain Biany Mula, now driving a motorcycle cab for a living, is one of them.

More than 54 million Filipinos are eligible to vote in presidential and parliamentary elections on May 9th.

Here in Masinloc, while some are hopeful the South China Sea dispute can be resolved, nobody's betting on when.