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PH protests China’s e-Passport with image of disputed sea

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday announced that it had handed a note verbale to the Chinese embassy in Manila signifying the country’s protest against China’s decision to imprint the image of its nine-dash sea claims to the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) in the pages of its new e-Passports.

Reading the notes from the note verbale, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario said that China’s latest move was a violation of the provision on the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) stating that all parties should refrain from actions that complicate and escalate the dispute.

“The Philippines strongly protests the inclusion of the nine-dash lines in the e-Passport as such image covers an area that is clearly part of the Philippines’ territory and maritime domain. The Philippines does not accept the validity of the nine-dash lines that amount to an excessive declaration of maritime space in violation of international law,” Del Rosario said.

“The Philippines demands that China respect the territory and maritime domain of the Philippines,” Del Rosario added.

International news organization Financial Times reported China’s latest move after the territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas were discussed in a series of summits of Asia-Pacific leaders in Cambodia last week.  The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian nations concluded its annual summit on Monday without reaching any consensus on the maritime disputes.

China had insisted that it has sovereignty over nearly the entire sea, to which the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Taiwan have overlapping competing claims.

The Philippines and China had been disputing over certain isles and reefs in the vicinity of the Spratly chain, as well as over the Scarborough shoal, that fall within the former’s 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and conflict with the latter’s nine-dash claim.

Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez, DFA spokesperson, in an interview with the media, noted that the country could not allow Chinese nationals to use that passport carrying China’s sea map because that would mean “acquiescence to their claim…which we believe is excessive and is in violation of our territorial sovereignty.”

“We are asking China to respect our territorial sovereignty our EEZ and maritime domain in that area and as the President has stated, we want them to withdraw from Bajo de Masinloc,” Hernandez added.

Vietnam had earlier lodged a protest against China’s move.


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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    Verbal and diplomatic complaints…that’s all we could do.  Don’t allow Chinese to travel to Manila with that e-passport.  Better still, we should print our own e-passport describing the West Phil Sea.

    • http://www.facebook.com/flowsotelo Florenz Ryan Sotelo

      The verbal complaint Sec Del Rosario did its work. This topic has gone viral already. I think that will be okay.
      Although, what Vietnam did, I think is the best solution. Let the Chinese people, who will present the China ePassport, to pay additional fees before entering into our country.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHOD5EA75DBBUH53UKLRXRK764 Mang Teban

    Cartographers who had referred to that large body of water as “South China Sea” had forgotten one word “Of”. This was obviously the intention that it should have been named “South of China Sea” to pinpoint the location where it was south of China as a point of reference.

    That is a whale of difference to refer to South China Sea as the body of water shared by many countries bounding it and to refer it as the body of water inside China. Thus, our contention of our ownership the islands, islets and shoals that are clearly within the boundaries set by UNCLOS is founded on truth and universally-accepted principle on the Laws of the Sea. However, China’s contention does not hold water at all in by any definition and convention anywhere in the world.

    China’s shameless moves to place their nine-dash sea claim on the entire sea “South OF China” reflect its lack of finesse and dignity as a nation trying to bluff its way around the international community of nations. We should protest this anomaly and let the entire world know that we mean business….real fight to claim what rightfully is ours being stolen by a kleptomaniac of a nation, China.

  • patriot2008

    We should follow what Vietnam is doing. Refuse to stamp that e passport, and issue a separate paper or page for stamping, while charging the Chinese passport holder extra for having to stamp that passport on an extra page. Vietnam is charging around six British pounds for that, but why dont we just charge them two hundred US dollars haha just for bringing that passport.

    • AFPako

      Increase the tax of kayumangmangs entering China. Start hiring maids from Burma , Cambodia, Thai, Laos and Indonesya.

      • patriot2008

        No problem. I dont think Filipinos, or anyone including Thai Laos and indonesians should visit China at all. I wouldn’t want to visit China even if you paid me. 

      • AFPako

        Live in  your own little kayumangmang world. China  is doing well with these countries for centuries on end. Maybe you have to go back to Indo Malayo Macacaland and join in the true kayumangmang nation . But pls convert back to Islam the true religion of SE Asia, not some imported Romani Katolik from some Mediterranean shztdom half a world away.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TEOXDWCP7O2ZBBIRGMGWBSHKOI Mao Mao Chamn

        Your response is typical chinese with a monkey intelligence.  This is no longer china of 20 years ago where chinamen were clinging on trees like monkeys.  This is chinamen of 2012 where our motherland is the second richest nation in the whole world after the mighty USA. However, being the second richest nation does not translate to being the second most powerful nation.  My motherland – china – must overtake Japan first, then my motherland’s motherland which is Russia, then the British, French, and the Germans.  By the time my motherland beat them militarily, my motherland will be exhausted to beat the mighty USA.  USA still wins….no doubt…..no sweat…. 

      • AFPako

        Opps , corrections to Maomaogook. China is gonna be no 1 and America declining to no 2. As to monkey on trees , you must be referring to your macaco kayumangmangs who are muchachos of America

      • http://www.facebook.com/flowsotelo Florenz Ryan Sotelo

        For your information, the northern part of the Philippines or Luzon, before becoming a Catholic nation, is Bhuddist. Only the southern part or Mindanao converted to Islam.

      • patriot2008

        You are the one who is mangmang. And again, you should be executed for treason. Why don’t you go back to China? You are afraid that you won’t be treated as well there, hypocrite!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/OS3MVCRQH7UV4MJRZURFNIXGBI Cho

      GOOD POINT. BUT PHILIPPINE SHOULD FIND IN DIFFERENT WAYS DENIED THEM ENTRY AND SENT THEM BACK HOME. LET THEM MAKE RIOT IN DOWNTOWN CHINA AND DEMAND FOR CHANGE LIKE DIVIDING CHINA INTO DIFFERENT COUNTRY. TIBETAN, KASAKHS, UIGHURS, MANCHU. THE REGION WILL HAVE A LASTING PEACE.

      • patriot2008

        In fact, many are predicting that China will soon implode itself. Just wait and see. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TEOXDWCP7O2ZBBIRGMGWBSHKOI Mao Mao Chamn

      Absolutely correct idea, patriot2008.  May I add that to test the patriotism of all chinese national, let them sing the chinese national anthem on the NAIA’s tarmac under the heat of the sun for 8 hours since they are bringing with them a chinese ‘mickey mouse” passport?  Our commie gangsters in the politburo wanted to bastardize and prostitute our national passport and relegate our respected passport as something like a “mickey mouse” passport issued in hongkong disneyland.  As a han chinese, this is despicable and unacceptable.

      • AFPako

        Nine Dash Line of No Return is to tell these squatters of the past several centuries their days are over. China is back , the rightful owner. If you can t accept it, then you are SOL.

        Maybe you were mickey mousing for too long destroying the ecosystem of SOuth China Sea and shzting causing massive loss of vital herring and anchovie population. Your wanton disrespect of South China SEa continues unabated even inviting foreign powers to dump toxic shzt in these vital breeding grounds for sealife. And in cahoots with fellow Malayo kayumangmangs, you are hereby on notice that China will not allow this to continue.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OS3MVCRQH7UV4MJRZURFNIXGBI Cho

    CHINA IS THE GREATEST LOSER FOR INVADING PHILIPPINE TERRITORY ISLANDS. PHILIPPINES ARE VERY SMALL AND WEAK BUT CHINA ARE SPENDING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR PROPAGANDA AND HIRING SOME RAGTAG COLUMNIST ALL OVER THE WORLD TO MAKE THEIR IMAGE GOOD. SOOOO BAD FOR THEM NOW. CHANGING LEADERSHIP WITH THE SAME POLICY OF IMPERIALISM DOESN’T MAKES SENSE.

    • AFPako

      Chochotrain, join the ragtag columnist army and be proud of the Kayumanggi Race. Defend the Republic , kapatid.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/OS3MVCRQH7UV4MJRZURFNIXGBI Cho

        LOL!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TEOXDWCP7O2ZBBIRGMGWBSHKOI Mao Mao Chamn

        You can establish a “50 cent party” like organization to counter the 50 cent party member like AFPako.  You can find how to establish one by reading “50 Cent Party” at wikipedia.

  • http://twitter.com/Fooless fooless

    who started all of this ?

    instead of managing the dispute, he instigated it;

    instead of calming the situation, he stirred it up;

    instead of shaking hands, he raised the hand.

    as some people said, he has balls, now he has draws too.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VUFRGRCCA5JXOLKEVCJQ3FBW3Y Concerned Citizen

    Wikileaks reference must be stamped by Immigration on the passport of every visitor from China who uses a passport with the image of the 9-dash line.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H5J2YCBCELWPPFMDNXM3CNXNDE odeck 2009

    walang delikadisa yang china….. mang-aagaw puwee!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H5J2YCBCELWPPFMDNXM3CNXNDE odeck 2009

    tang-ina mo AFPsupot., tumigil kana sa pang-aalipusta mo saming mga pinoy pag nakita kita balatan kita ng buhay hayop ka…..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HB6L6HFGHA765XNUVQ3IWVPFEE Carlo Bruno

    The chinese government is desperate to control the territory using
    illegal tactics. How ashamed for them to condition the mind of its
    citizens using a crook, immoral and illegal means. Can they solve it
    using the existing international law. Why china is so afraid if they are
    not hiding anything illegal? make sense china?



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