Bishops against asking help from US in shoal dispute


MANILA, Philippines—An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines on Friday  warned the government against asking help from the United States and other countries in settling the latest dispute with China over Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal.

Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez, also chair of the CBCP Public Affairs Committee, said things will become more complicated if the Philippine government allowed the US or any other country to meddle in the conflict.

“The problem will become more complicated if countries that don’t even have a claim on the shoal will intervene,” said Iñiguez over Church-run Radio Veritas Friday.

The prelate also believed that diplomacy was still the best option to resolve the conflict. “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,” said Iñiguez.

“I also believe that diplomacy is still the effective way to address the problem … that’s the nature of international policy-to use diplomacy to avoid trouble,” the bishop said.

The CBCP official issued the comment after it was reported that Senator Gregorio Honasan was urging the US to make an official statement on the matter.

“So what is the use of the Mutual Defense Treaty and the Visiting Forces Agreement for? We have a problem in Scarborough, how will you help us? Will you help us? Otherwise, what is the treaty for?” Honasan was quoted as saying the other day.

The senator also said that the Philippines’ other allies—such as Japan, South Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean)—must also be informed of the situation in the shoal, noting that the issue was not merely regional but global in nature.

The Philippine Navy withdrew on Thursday morning its largest warship, BRP Gregorio del Pilar, as part of the country’s effort to defuse tension brewing on the shoal, which started on Sunday after a Philippine Navy plane spotted eight Chinese fishing vessels in a lagoon of the resource-rich shoal.

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  • BURADOR—Phil. Voice

    YES—-And that This Catholic WILL STOP too————————– to ASK SPIRITUAL help from VATICAN—

  • joeldcndcn


  • PeteJrfern

    Let the bishops negotiate, they seem to know everything.  Bakit wala pang na elect na
    Filipino Pope? Magagaling naman sila.

  • Ben

    Senator Honasan, when you were younger you gave Cory a lot of headache by attacking Malacanang, Makati etc, your several coup plots brought the economy which was about to take off at that time to its knees… are you losing touch with your strategy and tactics? I say, why don`t you donate every year your 200 million pork barrel to fund a number of stinger missiles for our navy contingent in Kalayaan, and our naval vessels since we do not have a guided missile capability yet? In 5 years that will be 1 billion pesos with enough stingers and maybe Javelin surface to surface portable missiles too. Since you are a senator, you have the power in your hand to make a change not just asking for help from Uncle Sam…for all we know, it is also working behind the scene or monitoring the situation…for armed attack on any of our vessels is an attack on the US, based on the MDT. Without any attack, the US will just be on a wait and see posture…besides, its arleigh burke naval ship even if it is in Palawan has the capability to send a cruise missile to incapacitate the two Chinese vessels, and I believe the USS Blue rdige is just nearby to monitor and its satellites for all we know are aimed in that direction so don`t doubt the US silence, it means readiness when needed.

    • Bom

       wag ng iboto tong mga hari ng kudeta sina gringo at trillanes..SILA ANG MGA SUMIRA SA BAYAN..!!..mga walang nagawa para ma improve ang ating military kahit na sila ay senador na..puro pa pogi..wag na KAYONG MAG PA UTO..!!..WAG IBOTO..!!

  • Hey_Dudes

    Why not give a spare warship to CBCP and put this Obispo in command to negotiate with the enemy? Perhaps if he gets close enough like eyeball to eyeball with the enemy, Mr. Obispo might finally realize his task is to tend to his flock leaving governance to government.

    • slim6744

      Exactly. Jesus once said…”Give to Ceasar the things the things that are Ceasar’s and to GOD the things that are GOD’s”. Otherwise known as the “separation of Church and State”.

      Apparently, this “Obispo” hadn’t gotten the MESSAGE. If you look at the HISTORY of the different nations of the world, where, the Catholic Church has REIGNED supreme, these countries are USUALLY Economically BACKWARD, it’s people have become SLAVES to their Church, they are NOT free to think according to their concience, Democracy is USUALLY stiffled.

      I left the country OVER 50 YEARS ago, and now, I am at PEACE with GOD and my neighbors, and live happily ever after.

  • joboni96

    the leftists are on board
    so are the bishops

    now for npa, milf
    and abu sayyaf

    against tsina seagrab

    dagdagan na rin
    pamimili ng nokor missiles at mini subs
    for kalayaan eez defense

  • Mercedes Rovillos

    as if the bishop’s say matters…stop  mingling w/ politics my dear bishop..your opinion is neither wanted nor will  be heard..your flock needed you..besides the gov’t has more than enough minds to tackle this stop pretending to be important….you are not!!!!

  • Bom

    bading talaga tong si honasan..puro hingi ng tulong ang alam..mag kudeta ka nalang kaya…dyan ka naman magaling e..hahaha

  • Max


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