Left urges Aquino to hang tough vs China

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Left-leaning legislators urged President Benigno Aquino III to take a tough stand against China, but cautioned him against bringing into the picture “a much bigger bully”—the United States.

The militant lawmakers also proposed a congressional investigation into China’s latest incursion on Philippine territory.

“The militant Left firmly stands for Philippine sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares said. “Philippine territorial waters and the 200-mile exclusive economic zones belong to the Filipino people and no foreign country, be it China or the United States, should be allowed to use and exploit it for their economic, military or hegemonic interests.”

ACT party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio said the Chinese incursion on Scarborough Shoal was a clear violation of Philippine sovereignty, but the Aquino administration should not seek US diplomatic or military intervention.

Instead, he said, the administration should tap the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and the United Nations for help in diplomatic talks with China.

Tinio also suggested that the House of Representatives’ Committee on Foreign Relations engage its counterpart in the Chinese parliament for a peaceful resolution of the conflicting claims of the Philippines and China to territories in the West Philippine Sea.

The Catholic Church also advised the government against seeking US help. Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Yñiguez, chair of the Public Affairs Committee of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said the situation would become more complicated if the Philippine government allowed the United States or any other country to meddle in the conflict.

Yñiguez said diplomacy was the best option to resolve the standoff. “We should review our claim to the island and if it is proven that it is ours, then we have the right to stand up for our claim,” he said.

Filipino fishermen are doing just that. On Friday, despite the controversy, Filipino fishermen arrived in the vicinity of Scarborough Shoal to fish, the Coast Guard reported.

“Fishing boats continue to go to Scarborough Shoal,” Lt. Cmdr. Algier Ricafrente, Coast Guard spokesperson, told reporters. “Since there is no fishing ban, they are free to fish in the area. It is ours.”

First posted 7:56 pm | Friday, April 13th, 2012

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  • Guest

    And I thought that only India gets bullied by china even though india has significantly more defense capabilities than the philipines. But Philipines has one thing which India does not have. Proximity and historical relations with the USA. Maybe philipines should make use of that. The US is interested in curtailing Chinese influence and will be interested in some sort of defense agreement with the philipines. Even though the US will help just to satisfy its own agenda of curtailing Chinese influence, help is help and is useful.

  • ruben_bush

    Let’s send Congressmen Colmenares and Tinio to Scarborough Shoal.  Both of them should take the lead in defending our sovereignty.  They should show us and the “militant left” that they lead how tough they are and how passionate they are in defending our sovereignty from both US imperialism and Chinese “social imperialism”.  They should show their “balls” (if they really have them??) by leading a delegation to the Scarborough Shoal to assert that these islands are ours.  They should send their militants to the Chinese embassy too to protest.  They should also go to North Korea and tell the “great leader” (that they fanatically idolize!!!) that the North Korean  rockets threathen Philippine sovereignty.   C’mon Colmenares and Tinio….walk the talk!!!!!!

  • barong

    For the first time, na-pressure din ang Bayan Muna, isa sa mga legal front ng Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas (CPP) na magsalita laban sa China. San-ayon ako na huwag humingi ng tulong sa Estados Unidos sapagkat kailangan tumayo ng Pilipinas sa kanyang sarili depensa at diplomatic protest. Pero sa aking opinyon, pakitang tao lang ito ng Bayan Muna at CPP/NPA/NDFP para di sila makutya o paghinalaan kalaunan ng publiko na sumusuporta sa pamahalaang Tsina.Kung tutuusin, sa Tsina nila nakuha ang kanilang idolohiya at Partido. Di rin ako mgtataka kung nakakakuha sila ng indirect na suporta sa Chinese government. SA AKING OPINYON, MAS MAHALAGA SA MIYEMBRO NG CPP ANG MAGING LOYAL SA PARTIDO KOMUNISTA KAYSA SA PAGIGING PILIPINO NILA. Both US and China ay mga imperyalista…so bakit sa US Embassy lang nagpoprotesta ang Bayan Muna at mga kasamang grupo niya tulad ng Anakbayan, Gabriela, Kadamay at Pamalakaya? Ang sagot, pag-nagprotesta sila directly laban sa China ay para na ring tinalikuran nila ang kanilang sariling ama o ina.. 

  • Fernando Poe

    doom to the communists!!!! burn those chinks, buddhaheads and zipperheads!!

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