Del Rosario accuses China of undermining rule of law


Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario has assailed China for purportedly undermining the rule of law for insisting its territorial claims over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

“I think that we’ve taken the position that China’s claim for undisputable sovereignty in the South China Sea is an excessive claim and it’s a violation of international law,” Del Rosario argued.

He said the Philippines was looking forward to international arbitration to settle the ownership claims of both countries in the disputed group of islands.

“I think it’s proceeding. I think that the judges have already been named and I think we’re working towards a completion of the five judges in the arbitral tribunal. And so once that’s done, I think the situation or the case will proceed as planned,” he said.

While the Philippines had started investing in its defense system “at levels never seen before,” Del Rosario said conducting war games with the Americans would greatly help Filipino troops in improving their capabilities in responding to armed threats and natural disasters.

“This year’s Balikatan comes at a crucial time for my country and my region,” Del Rosario said, noting that the “excessive and exaggerated maritime and territorial claims” in the region “have not only created uncertainty, but have undermined the rule of law.”

“Regional peace and stability had been placed at serious risk. For my country, we need to secure our borders and protect our territorial integrity more vigorously than we have before,” he said.

While US and Philippine military officials insisted that the war games had nothing to do with the situation in the Korean region, Del Rosario said Balikatan was significant “in building my country’s own capacity to defend itself.”

“I’m glad to note that there are exercises that help prepare our two nations for the increased rotational presence of US forces in approved areas in the Philippines. This will be crucial in our efforts in the short time to establish our minimum credible defense posture and in the long term, to build a more robust national defense structure,” he said.

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  • $18209031

    Ayan na , si Del Rosario nagmamarunong at tinatakut na nya ang Tsina. SIguradong mananalo na ang PInas sa arbitration committee sa UN. SOuth China Sea will now be sovereign Pino Territorial Waters.

    • David Obero

      S I r a a n g u l o m o I n t s I k k a m a r u n o n g k a n g m a g t a g a l o g t a n g I n a m o k a!

      • $18209031

        U g o k k a n g k a y u m a n g m a n g c h u p a p e n g s a P u t i n o o n p a !

    • Marx Louis Wang

      Sabi ko na nga ba!!!! Talagang Intsiktsik ka!!! Lagi kang kampi sa Chinana.

      • Guest

        yung mga Intsik na naninirahan sa Pinas na walang ginawa kundi siraan ang mga Pinoy…bakit hindi na lang kayo bumalik sa bansa nyo kundi kayo masiyahan sa buhay Pinas?

    • Kung Tofu Tufo

      Your very lucky you’re in free world. China is the big fat country with no brains.

    • pfc_kulapu

      Chito Sta Romana (aka AFPaki, Inteliling ng 11th IB kuno).
      re: “SIguradong mananalo na ang PInas sa arbitration committee sa UN”

      Kasi alam nyo na fake yong mga claims nyo, yong mapa nyo sa century old may 3d effect pa in full vivid color. at may marking pa na CMYK sa pinaka gilid…

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

  • Manny Wabe

    Bravo Zulu Mr. Secretary.

  • Stuubs

    Nakausap lang ni del Rosario si sec. Kerry, umiingay na kaagad at ginagatungan pa ang problema !,.. gusto siguro ni tanda na makisabay sa North Korea…Pilipino talaga hindi nagpapahuli sa mga gimikan !

    • Sandy Bulet

      At ang mga nagpapanggap na Pilipinong katulad mo ay walang karapatang panghimasukan ang kung ano ang makakabuti para sa aming bansa. Kailanman ang mga taong hindi natutuwa sa pagbabago ay ang mga taong pabaliktad mag isip.

  • Hey_Dudes

    This is like a chicken looking up to grab one ear of a panda bear guess who will end up in a frying pan?

    • Marx Louis Wang

      Isip mo lang yun! buti pa sayo magdasal sa ikabubuti ng bansa.

  • Marx Louis Wang

    More power to you Sec Del Rosario! We wish you best of health at this time of crisis.

  • Lorebea Tamparong

    Sa susunod nito, hindi na Spratly at Scarborough ang iki-claim ng China…PATI BUONG PILIPINAS NA!!! At hindi na Ming Dynasty ang dahilan, malamang sasabihin nila na “ayon sa JURRASIC PERIOD, pag-aari ng mga Dinasours namin ang Pilipinas kaya amin ang Pilipinas…GUNGGONG TALAGA ITONG MGA INTSIK NA ITO!!!

  • misuari playboy

    ADR stop your rhetoric and start your action. Send your terrorists to hurt PRC interest in the Spratlys. What? No balls? Kantoi la hampa ni…

    • pfc_kulapu

      sorry our kiram warriors all are busy in brunei party right now…

  • henrynguyen

    The Philippines is showing all of its neighbors an example of courage and commitment to slow-down Chinese invasion in the South China Sea: utilizing international laws and institutions while coordinating upgraded military responses. Regardless of their criminal exhibit of superior forces and continuing bully behavior, Chinese government fears physical resistance of regional alliance which will lead to diplomatic isolation, disrupted economy, domestic unrest and global intervention… When the South East Asian countries can overcome their timid silence because of Chinese economic dominance and short-term political expediency, more will join the Filipino people to directly confront China. All parties will suffer when hostilities escalate and military forces involve, but China will additionally risk regime change demand from millions of its population who have been suppressed by political authoritarian rules and totally left out of the recent unbalanced economic distribution.

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