Quantcast
Latest Stories

China has yet to fulfil commitment to remove vessels from Scarborough Shoal lagoon—Del Rosario

By

Secretary Albert F. del Rosario Photo by DFA

MANILA, Philippines – China has yet follow up on its commitment to remove about 26 remaining fishing vessels inside the lagoon of the disputed Scarborough Shoal, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said Friday.

“That’s precisely what we’re waiting for. We’re waiting for them to be able to meet their commitment to remove those vessels from that lagoon,” Del Rosario said in an interview with reporters before meeting with Myanmar Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin and his delegation at the Manila Peninsula.

Wunna arrived with his delegation Thursday for his two-day talks with Filipino officials and the second meeting of the Manila-Yangon Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC).

Del Rosario said China has expressed its intention to remove the vessels. There are no Philippine vessels inside the lagoon.

Del Rosario said that the country was still in the process of trying to de-escalate tensions in the area while trying to undertake a bilateral consultation with China.

Del Rosario said the Scarborough dispute was discussed during the JCBC, and hoped that the ASEAN would help out in finalizing a Code of Conduct for countries disputing territories in the West Philippine Sea.

“We think that a Code of Conduct should be substantive, and should be crafted in a way that disputes are moved forward for settlement,” Del Rosario said.

Del Rosario said he hoped Myanmar would support the initiative, saying the country was interested in moving forward the basic elements introduced for the COC.

“Any form of assistance or support they can give us is welcome,” Del Rosario said.

Del Rosario said they hoped to finalize the COC by this year.  He said basic elements pushed by the Philippines were straightforward, which included dispute settlement mechanisms, and clarifications on disputed and undisputed areas.

In a statement Monday, the DFA said the JCBC aimed to tackle the countries’ interests in areas such as political cooperation, trade and investments, tourism, education, human rights, and law enforcement.


Follow Us


Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Albert Del Rosario , China , Conflict , Diplomacy , Foreign Affairs and International relations , Philippines , Scarborough Shoal , West Philippine Sea



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
Advertisement

News

  • ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  • Cardinal Tagle to faithful: Join politics to clean it
  • Our Lady of Piat: Centerpiece of Cagayan’s gifts to Christianity
  • Sign maker to be nailed to cross for 28th time
  • 50 Quezon City cops each carry 30-kg crosses
  • Sports

  • Federer would skip tennis to be with wife, newborn
  • Manny Pacquiao in PBA? If so, he’ll wear No. 17
  • PSC sets Blu Girls US training
  • Power Pinoys settle for 7th place
  • Successful coaches to get raise
  • Lifestyle

  • Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  • Celebrate Easter Sunday at Buddha-Bar Manila
  • Moriones feast: A slow, steady transformation
  • Weaving ‘palaspas’ a tradition kept alive in Tayabas City
  • Finalists announced for best translated books
  • Entertainment

  • Why Lucky has not bought an engagement ring for Angel
  • Derek more private with new girlfriend
  • ‘Community’ star happy with return of show’s creator
  • Jealousy is kid stuff
  • Mommy-daughter adventure continues
  • Business

  • PH presses bid to keep rice import controls
  • PSEi continues to gain
  • Number of retrenched workers rose by 42% in ’13
  • PH seen to sustain rise in FDIs
  • Gov’t subsidies to state firms fell in first 2 months
  • Technology

  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
  • Tech company: Change passwords or suffer ‘Heartbleed’
  • Filling the digital talent gap
  • SSS to shut down website for Holy Week
  • Another reason to quit social media this Holy Week: your safety
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • First Fil-Am elected to Sierra Madre, Calif. city council
  • UC Irvine cultural night to dramatize clash of values in immigrant family
  • Filipino sweets and info served at UC Berkeley Spring Fest
  • Milpitas, California kids wrap up a successful run of ‘The Wiz’
  • Netizens welcome Japan’s visa-free travel plan
  • Marketplace