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DFA: No letup in PH push vs Sino claims

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Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario: Best-performing. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will continue to assert the Philippines’ claims to contested islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) this year, the country’s top diplomat said.

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said the DFA will forge ahead with the country’s claims by enjoining the other claimant nations to abide by international rules in settling their maritime disputes.

“The DFA will defend President Aquino’s position on what is ours in accordance with the rule of law, including Unclos (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea),” said Del Rosario.

The Philippines has been pushing for claimants to abide by the international treaty, which sets a 200-mile exclusive maritime economic zone around countries, and offers a venue for settling disputes.

China, the main rival claimant to the Spratly chain of islands and Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, has reiterated its position against internationalizing the dispute. It wants to seek solutions through direct talks with its rival claimants.

China, however, said it would continue to advocate for a peaceful resolution to the conflict and remained open to the joint development of potential oil and gas resources in the contested areas.

Apart from China, Taiwan, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam have partial claims to the Spratlys and its surrounding waters.

China has drawn criticism from rival claimants for stepping up its oil and gas exploration, beefing up sea patrols and fortifying Sansha City, an administrative domain which they established to govern all of the disputed Spratly islands.

 

China implements new law

Southern China’s Hainan province also began implementing yesterday a new maritime law that allows its authorities to board and search foreign vessels that pass through South China Sea.

The Philippines, on the other hand, earlier this year offered oil exploration contracts in its claimed part of the Spratlys, a move that drew criticism from counter-claimants, especially China.

Last week, the Philippines protested Taiwan’s pronouncement that it would start exploration for oil and gas in waters around Ligao Island, the largest Spratlys island that the Taiwanese call Taiping. China and Vietnam also claim the island.

The DFA stressed that Ligao Island lies within the country’s exclusive maritime economic zone, and that “only the Philippines can explore in those parts of the Spratlys that lie within the country’s 200-nautical mile continental shelf.”

Last year, a standoff between Chinese and Philippine Navy ships occurred over fishing rights around Panatag Shoal, another contested islet.

“We will consistently embrace the firm belief that international law is the great equalizer and that right is might,” Del Rosario told the Inquirer.

The Philippines and China have both expressed hope of a peaceful settlement to the conflict.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun said in a recent speech in a Beijing media forum that China was against the use of arms to resolve the dispute.

He also expressed China’s openness to jointly exploring the waters for oil and mineral riches, saying that “joint development may still well be a practical approach” in resolving the dispute.

“China advocates the peaceful settlement of international disputes and regional hotspot issues and works vigorously to that end. China opposes the wanton use of force or threat of force. It rejects all forms of hegemonism and power politics,” Zhang said in a Dec. 28 forum of China’s Foreign Ministry.


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  • salomeahmad

    To quote Magnificent 12 then Senator Pimentel’s  bragging in ’92 on eviction of US bases, ” we can stand & hold our own” . He was bluffing then & now 20 yrs after, its consequence catching up w/ the Sino’s occupation of the shoals our govt’s strategy is still the same, bluffing  w/c predictably will amount to nothing but grandstanding.

    • PurpleDaisy13

      re: “we can stand & hold our own”

      Actually, the Philippines can stand on their own.  They just can’t fight for oil on their own. 

      Philippines must withdraw from these hopeless disputes so they can focus more on standing on their own.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/6NVJE4NYLGDSCO6KQ4GWP35SVM Macario

        “Philippines must withdraw from these hopeless disputes so they can focus more on standing on their own.” – standing on one’s own also includes protecting and not giving out what it owns otherwise, slowly and definitely everything that you own will be lost for failing to put up a good stand.

      • PurpleDaisy13

        re: “protecting and not giving out what it owns otherwise”

        Macario….

        Does the Philippines own Scarborough Shoal (Panatag/Huangyan Island) as being a sovereignty of the Philippines recognized by the United Nations and the World Community? NO

        Does the Philippines own Aba Itu (Ligao/Taiping) as being a sovereignty of
        the Philippines recognized by the United Nations and the World
        Community? NO

        What island(s) do you own that you are protecting Macario?  Can you give us a list?

        Or did you not realize that Scarborough Shoal and Aba Itu are not part of the Philippines and that you were tricked like thousands of other Filipinos into believing that you owned them Macario?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/6NVJE4NYLGDSCO6KQ4GWP35SVM Macario

        “What island(s) do you own that you are protecting Macario?  Can you give us a list?” - Are you here in the Philippines? Don’t you know that the Philippines is an Archipelago? Let me see how  wikipedia defined the word “Archipelago”…

        An archipelago (i/ɑrkɨˈpɛləɡoʊ/ ark-i-pel-ə-goh), sometimes called an island group or island chain, is a chain or cluster of islands. The wordarchipelago is derived from the Greek ἄρχι- – arkhi- (“chief”) and πέλαγος – pélagos (“sea”) through the Italian arcipelago. In Italian, possibly following a tradition of antiquity, the Arcipelago (from medieval Greek *ἀρχιπέλαγος) was the proper name for the Aegean Sea and, later, usage shifted to refer to the Aegean Islands (since the sea is remarkable for its large number of islands). It is now used to refer to any island group or, sometimes, to a sea containing a large number of scattered islands.[1]..

        ahh there it is…the Philippines has 3 major islands, that is Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.  There’s the list you want….so I definitely know what I am protecting…I just don’t know where your point is based….ciao….

      • PurpleDaisy13

        re: “the Philippines has 3 major islands, that is Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.  There’s the list you want”

        If you think Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao are the islands these disputes between China and the Philippines are all about, then YOU are completely LOST and have NO CLUE what we are discussing here Macario.

        We expected you to mention any of the disputed islands located in the South China Sea NOT the 3 major islands of the Philippines that need no protecting because they are safe from harm and are not part of any dispute.

        And you’ve wasted all your time trying to impress us with a worthless attempt to tell us the definition of an archipelago that no one here cares to learn Macario…you’re completely hopeless.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GHH2IPW7ZSTQX4JCYQWL2BLXOE MarcialA

    phil. gov. look seriously that china is funding CPP-NPA.

  • sigawngkatarungan123

    China keep on pushing…while lying to the world ..talking about peace..Such a pity…I am actually start hating does chinese..(i hate myself doing that)..but what they are doing is too much..They act like street dogs…

  • DakuAkongUtin

    Saan na ang mga barko ng Phil Navy ? Saan na ang mga bilyones in dollares ng Kayumangmang Nation ? Dios kO port santo Maria de Imahe de Purga de Santo Ninong Bulaklak. Patawarin mo kami Santo Papang silahis….

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/FFSZ7TIZZG47FYQFAZFIGYXKPM Pers

      bumalik ka sa china chidikongkoy lah ang buchiki quiqui

      • DakuAkongUtin

        Bumalik ka sa lugar ng Moros sa Indonesya at Malasway  para ihalad ang ulo mo sa kay Prapet Mohamad at ALLAh Alalay .  You are but a lousy Romani Katolik dito sa Pinas, hind mo ito lugar kundi pinagbastos lang ninyo noon pa. Hala, balik mga caballerong kayumangmangs sa pinanggalingan mong Indonesya at Malaysway Malesya, lugar sa mga wakwakan ng Kalimantan, Bornyo.

    • DurangoJoe

       Pagpalain ka din ni Mao na pedophile.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VUQQ7E4R6SIWCUWHP4GQ77S2D4 yahoo-VUQQ7E4R6SIWCUWHP4GQ77S2D4

    The TOOTHLESS Philippines is NO MATCH to CHINA’s NAVY. Everybody knows that. Yet, our Government is still hesitant to implement the upgrade our NAVY and AIR FORCE needs. If we want our neighbors to respect us, we must show the capability. We have the courage but lack of these important stuff, our military is like Media, blabbering all the time. Why does it always have to be 11th HOUR for our Government to understand and mobilize the whole AFP. It is an imminent threat yet some downplay the issue due of fear and its like the same old Philippines before the great WW2 started. History repeats to us because we never looked into it closely.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6NVJE4NYLGDSCO6KQ4GWP35SVM Macario

    @PurpleDaisy13:disqus ”…so you’re a group…you say “We expect”…NO…I AIN’T LOST…I’M IN THE PHILIPPINES…YOU’RE THE ONES WHO’S LOST.  You people say, “We expected you to mention any of the disputed islands located in the South China Sea”..they’re not even an Island…Island defined by wikepedia…An island pron.: /ˈaɪlənd/ or isle /ˈaɪl/ is any piece of sub-continental land that is surrounded by water. It’s the territory from the baseline of my country as an accepted international principle that is being asserted by my government and not any historical claims. NO…I AIN’T TRYING TO IMPRESS ON ANY ONE…I GUESS YOU GROUPIES GOT THAT IMPRESSION….wahahahahha….IF YOU AIN’T FROM MY COUNTRY THEN YOU’RE THE ONE WHO’S LOST…BY THE WAY….DO YOU BY ANY CHANCE HAVE A LIFE SIZE STUFF TOY OF BARNIE?

    • PurpleDaisy13

      re: “they’re not even an Island…Island defined by wikepedia…An island pron”

      haHAHHAHAHAHAHHA…Macario wants to use “wikepedia” to define an island instead of UNCLOS…hahhAHHAHAHA.

      Of course YOU’RE LOST Macario.

      When it comes to presenting your case in International Court, they don’t want to hear your “Wikipedia” definition of an island, they want to hear the definition of an island declared by International Law, UNCLOS.

      Let us educate you since you are a foolish newbie…trying to be knowledgeable about this dispute.  Please read the following paragraph written in UNCLOS, Article 121 under the Regime of Islands:

      1. An island is a naturally formed area of land, surrounded by water, which is above water at high tide.

      re: “NO…I AIN’T TRYING TO IMPRESS ON ANY ONE”

      What’s with all your “AINT” talk?  What are you…some wanna-be Filipino street-thug trying to get in on the action of territorial island dispute discussions?  HAhahhahahahHAHAHHA…

      Go back to your ghetto Macario…..you AINT SH*T.  HAHhahahahhAHAHHA

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/6NVJE4NYLGDSCO6KQ4GWP35SVM Macario

        Here’s an UNCLOS expert wannabe…ha,ha, ha….he ain’t even from China I bet…more so from the Philippines…what’s that local term we call this dude?…ah…EPAL, MIRON….yeah that’s right…definitely these groupie BARNIE fans are the one’s who’s lost…go borrow Dora’s bag, it might help you find your way.  ha, ha, ha…

      • PurpleDaisy13

        I’m sorry Macario, but if watching barnie and dora with the rest of the other children is the best you can do for insults…you’ve got no class whatsoever.

        What’s worst is your a Filipino trying to act like a Thug from the ghettos. Hahahahahha…talk about being lost AND losing your roots Macario – you win First prize.

        HahahahahhaHAHAHAhahhaHAHAHA

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/6NVJE4NYLGDSCO6KQ4GWP35SVM Macario

        nah…you’re an UNCLOS wannabe…really…I am not impressed by your statements about my country’s claim over our territory…come on…acting like a thug you say? Look who’s acting like an expert-wannabe here who’s not even from any of the contending side…ciao..

      • PurpleDaisy13

        re: “statements about my country’s claim over our territory.”

        Macario, why don’t you elaborate for us. 

        What territory of yours are you referring to about your country’s claim?

  • PurpleDaisy13

    re: “If anyone seriously believes this to be an action that would ‘escalate disputes’ then they are really grasping at straws.”

    vendetta07, why are you being so hard-headed?

    Let us recall rule #5 once again so you may understand it’s purpose:

    5. The Parties undertake to exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities that would complicate or escalate disputes and affect peace and stability including, among others, refraining from action of inhabiting on the presently uninhabited islands, reefs, shoals, cays, and other features and to handle their differences in a constructive manner.

    As you and everyone can read for themselves, the purpose of the agreement is for EVERYONE to stop making ANY CHANGES to the ISLAND.  AND THAT INCLUDES CONSTRUCTING a STUPID SCHOOL ON a DISPUTED ISLAND.

    Why?  Because when the real owner of the disputed island is finally determined, then the real owner may NOT want to have to spend extra money and effort to tear down your stupid permanent school because it doesn’t meet their building codes, their interests, or for any other reason.

    The purpose of the Declaration of Conduct for Parties in the South China Sea is for everyone to agree to stop what they are doing and don’t do ANYTHING more that would COMPLICATE or ESCALATE the dispute.  Is that understood vendetta07?

    This concept is SO ELEMENTARY and yet you think building a “permanent” school on a teeny tiny island is hardly a CHANGE that could complicate or escalate the dispute?  Of course it DOES…because the term “permanent” suggests that the Philippines wants to make an indirect statement that doesn’t sit well in the minds of other Claimants of Pagasa island.

    You can’t twist your excuse anymore than you have vendetta07…just give up already.

    Everyone can clearly see that Philippines violated the Declaration of Conduct for the Parties in the South China Sea by building a “permanent” school on Pagasa island despite being an island under dispute by several claimants.

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    1. magpalakas ng depensa
    2. mag alyansa sa asean japan sokor taiwan
    india alpine scandinavian fr de
    brazil russia
    3. unclos case
    4. protect against 5th column
    5. astig pro pilipino mindset

    cry wolf every time
    to expose hegemonistang intsik switik



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