A dozen people from the Pamalakaya (Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas) group carried out a peaceful protest holding up placards and signs denouncing China's alleged installation of missiles on the Spratly islands, Efe news reported.
A news release from Pamalakaya criticised China for setting up cruise and surface-to-air missiles on "three of seven artificial islands that China has seized from the Philippines in the Spratly Islands".
The letter said that China's construction of artificial islands, known as reclamation, threatens the livelihood of Filipino fishermen and the food security of millions of people in the country.
The fishing grounds around the islands contribute at least 20 per cent of the total yearly fish catch, Pamalakaya added.
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