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US lawmakers back PH move in UN


Visiting United States lawmakers are “very supportive” of the Philippine move elevating to a United Nations arbitration tribunal its bid to invalidate China’s claims in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) and to stop Chinese incursions into Philippine-claimed parts of the disputed waters, a foreign official said Tuesday.

Foreign Assistant Secretary for American Affairs Carlos Sorreta said members of the US Congress led by foreign affairs committee chair Ed Royce were “very interested” in Manila’s legal action invoking the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos) against Beijing in hopes of peacefully settling the protracted maritime dispute.

“Members of the US Congress expressed their very strong support for our efforts to resolve the situation in a peaceful manner and in accordance with Unclos,” Sorreta told reporters Tuesday.

“There was some discussion on the details of our action. They were very interested in the merits of our arguments, they’re very supportive of it,” said Sorreta.

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario briefed the US side on the Philippines’ Notification and Statement of Claim filed against China last week.

“What the US has always maintained is that they don’t take sides in any dispute but they would like to see these disputes resolved peacefully,” said Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia, who was present at the briefing.

US Representatives Eliot Engel, Gregory Meeks, Vern Buchanan, Matthew James Salmon Thomas, Anthony Marino were part of the delegation that met with Philippine officials, including Environment Secretary Ramon Paje, Energy Secretary Carlos Petilla and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.

US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas Jr. was also present at the hour-long meeting at the DFA Tuesday morning.

For his part, Royce said Washington was taking no sides in the territorial conflict but backs up an internationally accepted diplomatic solution.

“It is best that China join the process so that we can move forward under international law,” the California Republican told The Associated Press after meeting with Del Rosario and other diplomats in Manila.

“We want to calm the tensions,” Royce said. “We want this approached from the standpoint of diplomacy, and that is what we are conveying because in that way we don’t create a crisis which roils the markets or creates uncertainty.”

Royce and the US delegation will meet with President Aquino and other Philippine officials before traveling to Beijing on Wednesday as part of their Asian tour.

China, the Philippines and four other countries have overlapping claims across the vast South China Sea. Beijing insists it has sovereignty over virtually all of the region, which is said to be rich in oil and gas and is home to some of the world’s busiest sea lanes. With an AP report

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  • truth_will_set_us_free


    • DakuAkongUtin

      How many Moros in Mindanao the RP military killed ? How many Pino martyrs died by Japo Army ‘s Hues de Cochilyo and Nippo Espadas Samurai during the last days of Manila in WW2? How many brown Indios massacred by Americans in Balangiga Massacre in circa 1901?

      • pfc_kulapu

        Chita Eh Sta Romana (aka AFPaki, Inteliling ng 11th IB kuno).
        Before you ask question and answer first the question. TANGA..
        Can you tell us the estimated figures. If how many filipino died during that event.. One thing for sure they were not killed by fellow filipino’s.  And which one have more casualties phil. Revolution or China cultural revolution… for china cultural revolution, who murdered the chinese, is it the foreign forces or the fellow chinese..
        Tanda na TANGA.
        Certified na Backstabber….
        ako ang langaw sa puwet mo…

      • DakuAkongUtin

        Dakilang pfc Kotongero, did you know many kayumanggis were backstabbing their own kind to gain favor from the Japos  ? From Makapilis during time of J Rizal to Emilio Aguinaldo, to Pres Laurel . all are Makapilis at lahing kayumangmangs.

        Then in 1951 you had Pres QUirimo forgiving Japo criminals for their crimes on Pino Nation? What a shame ! He was an apologist for the Japo Wakwaks who committed unspeakable crimes.

      • pfc_kulapu

        Chita Eh Sta Romana (aka AFPaki, Inteliling ng 11th IB kuno).

        I know more than what you know..Even during our greatgrand parents..
        During japanese occupation, we lost many relative bcuz of makapili.
        And you don’t know what happen to makapili clan including there small children..

        Ikaw ang magandang halimbawa sa isang tunay na makapili…
        matindi ang panganga-ilangan mo sa buhay… BIGTI KANA…

        Tanda na TANGA.
        Certified na Backstabber….
        ako ang langaw sa puwet mo…

      • pfc_kulapu

        Chita Eh Sta Romana (aka AFPaki, Inteliling ng 11th IB kuno).
        Before you ask question and answer first the question.SUPER TANGA..Tanda na TANGA.Certified na Backstabber….DAKILANG PATAY GUTOM…ako ang langaw sa puwet mo…

      • pfc_kulapu

        Chita Eh Sta Romana (aka AFPaki, Inteliling ng 11th IB kuno).

        Stupid Mao, he massacre million of his own people. Who oppose the communism ideology. He promised the communism system is the solution of poverty, corruption, equality. 
        He promised prosperity, welfate for the peasant farmers, freedom and happiness…
        Can you tell us , what happen after he murdered millions of his own people. Is it communism bring prosperity to them or the capitalism.. Imagine they murdered millions bcuz they hate capitalism, and now they embrace capitalism and very proud for there prosperity thru capitalism.. 
        How about there labor, how many hours they worked every day. Is it appropriate to call them workers or slave.
        Tuyu na Utak mo TANDA na walang hiya..

        Tanda na TANGA.
        Certified na Backstabber….
        ako ang langaw sa puwet mo…

  • DakuAkongUtin

    Truth Your Dirty Pweet, magkanong kontrata mo sa PesoPeso Party of Phil Inquirer? Talagang bumabanat ka, congrats talaga.  Mukhang ikaw na ang teamkapitan ngayon, ano ? 
    Isa lang ang sagot sa Tsina,  You cannot drill oil and gas in South China Sea area because it is part of Chinese domain. You can scream with the top of your voice or scream at the tallest mountain, you will not make a difference whatsoever.  Only difference you can make right now is take China’s offer of joint exploration under Chinese terms of endearment. If you refuse, then face the Chinese PLAN. You want to play games, China will play your game.

  • DakuAkongUtin

    This is a challenge to Truth Your Dirty Pweet, Ang tapangtapang mo sa Tsina pero mukoy kang daku kung Sabah ang  pinag uusapan. Bakt hindi ka umiimik kung Sabah , ha? Lugar nang lolos at lolas mo ba doon ? Uuwi ka na lang doon para maghahanap ng trabaho. Mag apply ka maging magkatay na manok at kambing. Ayaw mo pa yan ang employer mo ay Moros, tatagain ka pa doon ?. Yang bayag mo ay putulin at ipakain sa mga pusa at kambing nila. Mahilig ang Moros ng kambeng kalderata at chikin inihaw.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CYEDXPOCLZHYJEI2HFUVIYMUVU Emilio

      Oy ambot ka… go back to china wala kang alam sa tunay na pilipino >.<

      • DakuAkongUtin

         Emily,  mabuti sasama ka kay Truth His Dirty Pweet mag dedate kayong dalawa  patungong Sabah para maging Moros. Sabbadista turning to Moros, maganda yata yan .

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CYEDXPOCLZHYJEI2HFUVIYMUVU Emilio

        Emily? lalake ako manul ka.

        isipin mo ung nanay mo wala bang lahing indonesia or malay?
        ang tatay mo suguradong lahing moro at intsik at ang lolo mo takas sa china din na tinanggap ng mga moro na sina sabi mo at binigyan ng asawang moro na tinatawag mo.

        wag kanaman ganyan mag isip ka dahil tayong lahat ay Tinatawag na Pilipino dahil kay Dr. Jose Rizal.

        ako iba din pinang galingan ng mga lolo ko nag mula sila sa Spain pero ako isang Pilipino at hindi Spañiol.

        simple lng kung mas tinatanggap mo na ikw ay intsik, eh cge bumalik ka nlng sa China dahil ang Pilipinas ay para sa mga pilipino at hindi para sa mga Taksil na gaya mo na half moro at intsik

    • pfc_kulapu

      Chita Eh Sta Romana (aka AFPaki, Inteliling ng 11th IB kuno).
      re: “Mahilig ang Moros ng kambeng kalderata at chikin inihaw.”

      sarap pala ulam nila. Talagang pagkain ng tao…
      Kayong mga sira ulo, mahilig kayo ng pay-tus ng tao. Tao ba kayo…

      Tanda na TANGA.
      Certified na Backstabber….
      ako ang langaw sa puwet mo…

    • elvis99

      Hoy Liit uten,baklang walang dangal.mang aagaw ng lakas,magkano bayad sa yo dyan ha,pati mga magulang mo,ninuno mo,ibenenta mo na,para saan ha, para may pang bayad ka sa boyfriend mo,butii pa umuwi ka na lang ng China,mag pa enlist ka sa army nla,as comfort gay,pakina,bangan pa nla pwet mo doon kasing dumi ng bunganga mo.

      • DakuAkongUtin

         Talaga ito si Elvis 69 , maruning mangbobolang pang kalye. Hilig ka talaga sa bakleng , ano ? Hala chupaping mo si Pfc Kotongero , ready yan palagi . Lilibrehen ka pa ng anejo dyan para magdamag kayong dalawa.

      • elvis99

        Liit uten,baklang walang dangal,mang aagaw ng lakas,ano ba nangyari sa yo bakit naging isa kang baklang bakulaw ha,lam ko na,nun bata ka
        ginugulpi ka ng tatay mo kasi sirena ka,tinutukso ka sa eskwela kasi isa kang Darna,binubugbog ka ng mga boys no,kasi kulang baon mo pambayad sa lakas nla,mga kapwa mo bading kunamumuhian ka dahil masama ugali mo,kaya ka ganyan,galit ka sa mga filipino ha,sundin mo payo ko,bumalik ka na ng China,magka comfort gay ka na lang,o kaya ipang bala ka sa Kanyon nla,hahaha

  • truth_will_set_us_free


    Three Chinese patrol vessels have entered Japan’s territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.The 3 surveillance ships were seen navigating east of Minami-Kojima around noon on Wednesday.It was the first time in 9 days that Chinese government vessels intruded in Japanese waters, and the 4th time this year.Japan Coast Guard patrol ships have been urging the vessels to leave Japanese waters.The Japanese foreign ministry has lodged a protest with China over the repeated violation of its territorial waters.China rejected the protest, claiming its sovereignty over the islands.

    Jan. 30, 2013 – Updated 06:06 UTC (15:06 JST)

  • truth_will_set_us_free

    In a recent article, the International Herald Tribune reported that Japanese officials say Japan has been “building up ties with other nations that share worries about their imposing neighbor.”They acknowledge that “even building the capacity of other nations’ Coast Guards is a way of strengthening those countries’ ability to stand up to any Chinese threat.”The report quotes Yoshide Soeya, director of the Institute of East Asian Studies at Keio University in Tokyo, as saying: “WE WANT TO BUILD OUR OWN ‘COALITION OF THE WILLING’ in Asia to prevent China from just running over us.”

  • Albert Einstien

    Full of BS!….our GOD resources ( Gold, gas, Oil & Deuterium ) is for RP use only ….


    if they really SUPPORT RP..why not U.S. govt instead ISSUE a WARNING to CHINA to BACK-OFF or else they will destroy encroaching chinese vessels  on RP territory ….that would not be BS… but a true concern…

    • elvis99

      Albert,first of all this is not the 18th century and the international community doesnt’t
      behave like a squatters community,we  have diplomacy,we have political and economic
      reasons to consider,this is the 21st century Albert,we are a republic,independent from any other nation,its our responsibility to protect ourselves from outsiders,its not the duty of USA to fight our battles,it is ours,they are only supposed to help us,they will fight side to side with us if we are being invaded and thats guaranteed on our treaty,you can bet on that,USA is not the perfect ally,but let the chinese try to step on Luzon or any other major islands,im sure US warjets would be like music to your ears as they buzzed over.

      • Albert Einstien

        my friend  ….US restrained & prohibited the development of defense capabilities of RP  during marcos time…marcos was already developing MISSILE SYSTEM & NUCLEAR CAPABILITY but they TIED the hands of the govt to abandon its defense program..now RP is vulnerable from all sides…it is therefore US responsiblity for the external territorial defense of RP..spratly & panatag are territories of RP ..but they choose to stay NEUTRAL and issue BS statements… not to mentioned our war  veterans sacrificed their lives for them… & their ego wars…US abandoned RP in WW2 & when UK & MALAYSIA TOOK away RP sabah territory….

      • yew_tan

        What do you say about Korean success? They must haven’t been restrained by U.S. because they thrived but Flips didn’t. Go ahead blame the moon also for not shinning so bright on your side, reasons being that you did not see what the future had in store for you. Typical flip mentality.

      • Albert Einstien

        they dont have unlimited  GOD resources (Gold, gas , Oil & Deuterium )..like RP’s

      • yew_tan

        Hey, it ain’t yours until you extract those resources from the ground. You need technology and investments from the west( which you so dispise) to make that happen. You”d better get that done quick before China comes and forcibly take it awayt from you. . If you can not defend it, it’s not yours. Just like the old aphorism says which goes “Don’t count the chicks until they are hatched.”

    • yew_tan

      No, they want you to issue that warning. Why don’t you, so we will see what you got? Common, what’s holding you? Don’t say you lack a pair of balls?

  • Pedring2

    See you in court, China!  Don’t forget to bring your tea-soaked maps. Wear big hats to cover your faces because you will be humiliated. Worldwide-boycott of your inferior products will ensue. 

  • kinutil

    How old are you during WW2?

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

    talk is cheap

    patapon ngang barko
    binebenta pa sa atin

    after removing weapons and sensors

    mandedenggoy lang mga ito

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