Palace says it’s ‘handling’ Scarborough standoff


Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang said on Wednesday it wanted a peaceful resolution of the ongoing standoff between the Philippine and Chinese navies in the Scarborough Shoal.

“Certainly, certainly, ” President Benigno Aquino III’s spokesman, Edwin Lacierda, told reporters when asked if the government wanted a peaceful resolution of the problem.

Lacierda said the President was informed about the incident Tuesday night and promptly met with military officials and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin.

“We are handling it,” Lacierda said.

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  • victoria1313

    dapat sa susunod ang mga gusto maging precidinte kailangan mag patingnan kung meron sakit sa utak

  • victoria1313

    walang ni isa na naging presidente sa pinas na nagsabi na ang spratly ay sa atin. ito lang na meron sayad na nagmamagaling ang nag-gawa-gawa ng kanyang bersyon upang angkinin ninya at ginagamit niya ang goberno bilang pang sariling interest. naloloko na ba kayo lahat akala ay sa atin sinungaling siya . pumapahamak lang siya sa atin. huwag kayo maniniwala sa mga sinasabi nito. walng katotohanan ang lahat.  hindi sa atin yan. GREEDINESS lang siya.

    • Kerby

      bumalik ka na sa bundok o sa China. Hindi ka kelangan dito sa kapatagan. makakaliwang unggoy na komunista. Kutong tigayakap ng bayag ng China

    • Edwin Edwin

      Victoria1313 alam kong isa kang chekwang komunista kaya wag mo na ipagpilitan yang mga pinagsasasabi mo. Tigilan nyo na ang kababagsak ng mga droga sa Pinas mga hudas kayo!!!

    • marionics

      In 1971, the Philippine government sent a

      diplomatic note to Taipeh demanding that the Chinese
      garrison in ltu

      the largest island in the group, be immediately withdrawn. The legal

      bases of the demand were as follows: ( 1) The Philippines
      has legal title

      to the island group as a consequence of the occupation by
      Tomas Cloma~

      (2) the presence of the Chinese forces in Itu Aba
      constituted a threat

      to the security of the Philippines; (3) the Chinese
      occupation of some

      islands in the Spratly group constituted de facto
      trusteeship on behalf of

      the World War II allies which precluded the gamsonning of
      the islands

      without the allies’ consent; and (4) the Spratly group is
      within the archipelagic territory claimed by the Philippines. This demand was

      by the firing by Chinese artillerymen on a boat which
      carried former Senator

      Ramon Mitra Jr., a resident of Palawan
      who was visiting some of the

      islands on an inspection tour.16

      In 1974, an official spokesman of the Philippine government

      that the Philippines
      had garrisoned five of the islands within the group.I7

      At present, the Philippines has possession of seven
      islands. A number of

      Filipino nationals have settled in these islands, and a
      local government has’

      been organized in one of them.18

      On June 11, 1978, President Marcos issued Presidential
      Decree No.

      1596 declaring most19 of the islands, cays, shaols and reefs
      as belonging

      to. the Philippines
      and forming an integral part of Philippine territory. It

      named the area claimed “Kalayaan Island Group,”
      which is a Filipinized

      version of the name Tomas Cloma gave his discovery:

      Th~ group of islands was integrated as a. municipality of
      the province of

      Palawan, the Philippine
      island closest to the incorporated cluster. The decree cited a number of bases
      for the claim to title, namely: (1) the area

      is part of the continental margin of the Philippine
      archipelago; (2) the

      islands do not belong to any state, but by reason of
      history, indispensable

      need, and effective occupation and control established in
      accordance with

      international law, should now be deemed subject to the
      sovereignty of

      the Philippines;
      and (3) claims by other states over the area had lapsed

      by reason of abandonment and cannot prevail over that of the

      on legal, historical and equitable grounds.20

      On the same date, President Marcos also issued another

      proclaiming a 200-mile exclusive economic zone for the Philippines.

      decree provides for the exclusive right on the part of the Philippines: tc

      issue licenses and enter into agreements within such zone;

      [to] explore or exploit any resources; carry out search,
      excavation or

      drilling operations; conduct any research; construct,
      maintain or operate

      any artificial island, off-shore terminal, installation or
      other structure or

      device; or, perform any act or engage in any activity which
      is not contrary to, or in derogation of, the sovereign rights and jurisdiction
      … provided [in the decree].

      In the same month, the Philippine Coast and Geodetic Survey

      an agency under the Ministry of National Defense, issued a
      new official

      map of the Philippines
      which extended the country’s previous maritime

      boundaries by enclosing, through the expedient of drawing
      straight lines,

      the Kalayaan Island Group within the Philippine archipelago.

      map by the Survey Office reflecting the continental shelf of
      the Philippines

      also evinced this assertion of title.

    • Carlo Bruno

      Tanga mo! Filipino ka pa naman nag aral kaba bg history. kung galit ka kay Pnoy wag mo idamay at isanla pagiging pilipino mo. Bugok!

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  • joboni96

    just set the policy
    monitor but don’t micro manage

    engage more experienced ones
    dahil dati ng nangyayari yan
    di lang na nenewspaper

  • EdgarEdgar

    The president has too much on his plate. Just this morning, he had to shuttle in and out of his office for conference with his LP allies to deal with the crisis of confidence, meet up with Boy Abunda and Ricky to salvage his melting ice cream, a quickie with Tonto Trillanes on LP’s new thrust, get updates on Nokor’s phallic missile launch, finalize reconciliation plans with his emissary Belmonte and teleconference with US State Department on next steps regarding China. Clearly, Noynoy has too much on his plate and is about to choke. Will he choke before the Chinks attack us or will he live to become one with them?

  • Ano Ikaw

    People instead of complaining, try to be supportive to our government at this time of crisis. Kick the tsinos out. Where are the leftists? Are nt they supposed to be rallying around the chinese embassy demanding explusion???

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