PH slams China for retaliation threat

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A Fililipino protester holds a slogan beside a Philippine flag during a rally outside the Chinese Consulate in suburban Makati, south of Manila, Philippines. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines scored China’s “provocative” threat of retaliation in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) on Saturday, urging Beijing to defer instead to peaceful means of resolving maritime disputes under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs reminded China of its obligation under international law to settle disputes without the use of threat or force.

“China has an obligation under international law, especially the UN Charter, to pursue a peaceful resolution of disputes, meaning without the use of force, the threat to use force such as this recent provocative statement of a counterstrike,” said DFA spokesperson Raul Hernandez.

“There is no place in the relations of civilized nations to use such provocative language,” he added.

Hernandez made the statement in response to the Chinese People’s Daily’s scathing commentary on the Philippines on Saturday, which warned of a “counterstrike” as it accused Manila of “seven sins” in the disputed West Philippine Sea, which is how the Philippine government calls part of the South China Sea that is within in exclusive economic zone.

Among other things, the paper, a mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party, accused the Philippines of “illegal occupation” of the Spratly Islands, part of which Manila contends to be within its exclusive economic zone.

The commentary also blasted the Philippines for advocating the “internationalization” of the waters, a critical international sea lane that has been under the close watch of Philippine allies, the United States in particular.

China issued its criticism amid war games between the Philippines and the US Navy off the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, a territory in the West Philippine Sea that saw a tense standoff between Philippine and Chinese ships last year. At least three Chinese patrol vessels are known to still be in the area.

The commentary also came out as leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations met in Brunei in hopes of drafting a legally binding Code of Conduct that is aimed at ensuring peace in the disputed waters.

Despite Beijing’s sharp statements, the DFA called for sobriety and invoked peace in hopes of averting further escalation of tensions.

“We call on China to be a responsible member in the community of nations. The way towards a peaceful resolution of disputes is through the dispute resolution mechanism under the UN Charter, which is rules-based, transparent, binding and non-provocative,” said Hernandez.

“A peaceful and rules-based resolution to the disputes in the West Philippine Sea is durable and beneficial to all and will ensure peace and stability in the region,” he added.

The Philippines haled China to arbitral proceedings in the United Nations in January in a bid to peacefully settle the maritime dispute. The move has gained the support of the United States, the European Parliament and Japan, which also has a dispute  with China in the East China Sea.

Now pending before a five-member arbitral tribunal, the legal action seeks to prevent further Chinese incursions into established Philippine maritime boundaries in the West Philippine Sea and to invalidate Beijing’s “excessive” nine-dash line claim encompassing almost all of the South China Sea.

China has rejected the proceedings, asserting “indisputable sovereignty” over the West Philippine Sea. It has been calling for a bilateral solution to its territorial disputes with the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, and Taiwan. The Philippines has meanwhile been pushing for a multilateral approach.

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  • ztefertilizerscam10

    Spratlys or known in the Philippines as Kalayaan Islands is within the economic territorial zone of the country. Under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) which states that a coastal (archipelago) state could claim two hundred nautical miles of jurisdiction beyond its land boundaries. From Palawan, the Spratlys fall within this zone. This claim by the Philippine government is legitimate under the UN Convention..

  • joboni96

    continue strengthening strong pro pilipino defense
    laging handa

  • Roy Rosales

    communist china has been ostracized gradually but firmly by most members of the united nations for their wrongdoings in grabbing territories and bullying claimants like the Philippines and vietnam and india for that matter due to their military superiority
    over them.they tried to bully japan with their claim on the 2 islands by show of force but were unsucessful in general because japan had called their bluff.they are like nazi germany which ceded sudetenland and part of czech republic.
    in the next 2 decades,the militarization of vietnam,philippines,japan and india will have a significant deterrent on chinas bullying.china being a miserable no freedom country will become isolated

  • http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2013/275/f/f/joker_arroyo__santiago__release_of_dap_funds_i_by_lightisi-d6p118x.jpg Andrés Bonifacio y de Castro

    jokes here, jokes there, jokes everywhere.

  • ramontalban

    hahaha! nagsalita ang guapo…ni isang miss universe wala kayo samantalang isang bilyon at kalahati kayo kadami, kasi ang papangit niyong lahat. nakausli mga ngipin, matangos pa ang nguso kaysa ilong, ang mata ninyong lahat guhit lang…sino ngayon ang pangit? hahaha! namintas ang guapo.
    di kami gaganti sa mga panduduro nyong mga pataygutom na pati daga at ipis ay kinakain, hintayin na lang namin na mapeste kayong lahat na intsik dahil sa kababuyan nyo, dadami na mamatay na intsik dahil sa mga bagong sakit na galing sa kakakain ng kung anu-ano…putik at ebak kinakain nyo rin?

  • Crazy_horse101010

    the village idiot is back again still raping male monkeys comrade. thats funny nuke the philippines but you are here . you will be dead meat stupid. your comrades dont care about you because they know you are insane

  • Gyrating Monkey

    Teka lang….eh kayong intsik nagdala ng corruption sa pinas eh….hheehe…akala mo ba walang corruption sa China?

  • tonygadoy

    PIRATE MONGOLOID jseesus.

  • BURADOR

    UNCIVILIZE COMMIE like you have no PLACE in this FORUM—-
    you just UNMASKED your mother land—

  • Crazy_horse101010

    and your comrades will use you for target practice thinking you are a monkey. especially when they catch you humping one

  • Meow Ming

    You need to defend your home TaEwan from being overtaken by your commie brothers first. Unless you are spy of CCP living in TaEwan.

  • tonygadoy

    PIRATA ng WEST PHILIPPINE SEA itong si MONGOLOID jseesus.

  • ThudOthwacker

    MORON!! This is a Philippine news site. So the title and article means something. What an IDIOT chink!

  • Crazy_horse101010

    you jealous because you have rag picker in front of your name

  • tonygadoy

    PIRATE MONGOLOID autistic commie chinese race.

  • El_Gran_Capitan

    You’re full of s–t

  • Crazy_horse101010

    what a stupid posting are you 6 years old because no grownup would be so stupid to have a posting like that. besides everyone knows you are a chronic liar anyway.i caught you in lies so many times that im wore out from listing them . anymore times magazine stories.

  • ODAPAIN

    Crap !

  • Kuankimsan

    and the chinese will feed us more fetus. Thats their special delicacy

  • tonygadoy

    MONGOLOID jsesuus is one of the PIRATES in the WEST PHILIPPINE SEA.

  • Guest

    Nagpapaniwala kayo sa baklang si jseesus na isang PINOY POKPOK o ISANG PATAY GUTOM NA BAYARANG POTA IBEBENTA ANG BANSA NYA KUMITA LANG NG 60 cents per posting.

  • ODAPAIN

    Planet of the Apes had intelligent monkeys,and Zombies are smarter than you,are you from China ?

  • lex

    CHINA INVASION? Malabo pa yan sa PATIS. 20 million ang pinatay sa inyo ng HAPON. Double pa dyan mauubos sa inyo kasi magsasarili kayo. Yong mga weapon nyo na imitation di pa lumilipad , sasabog na, hahahaaha. Kaya kayo rin ang uubos sa lahi nyo! hahahahahah

  • Crazy_horse101010

    another braindead remark made by a monkey lover and pig raper.

  • ThudOthwacker

    Yeah when red China was testing their missiles over Taiwan years ago. The average Taiwanese male genitals shrunk an inch eversince.

  • KarlosRegaza

    Taewanis

  • Crazy_horse101010

    looking in the mirror again comrade brainless one.

  • ThudOthwacker

    That’s his tag name IDIOT! Only a paranoid MORON like you will make a mountain out of a molehill.

  • tonygadoy

    PIRATE MONGOLOID autistic commie chinese race.

  • Crazy_horse101010

    thanks to you chinese spy lovers wait till china has one happen to them also on cnn snowden thinking about giving up . jealous i have a wife and you only have pigs and monkeys and im looking at my wife and she is still here wondering what kind of pig crap you are. and if i was your grandpa i would have feed you to the pigs and saved the family from you embarrassing them. i bet they hate you. the ones with 4 maids and a driver but have a one room shack and no car.hawhawhawbornloser

  • m1600

    hahaha aso ka ng china siguro panay ang supsup mo wetpu ng mga singkit dapat magsama kayo ng mga asong gala kagya ni casino, reyes, ocampo sison , jalandoni lipulin na sana kayo para maubos na ang salot sa pilipinas hahahhaha.

  • Crazy_horse101010

    sorry im not like you i dont lord over anyone. i just hate idiots like you. im sure china will listen to a insane rat.

  • allanbeltran

    its the flip side that is telling U who is the HAYWAN in here SHARMUTA enta…az z hu l……..

  • tonygadoy

    This MONGOLOID jseesus is a yellow slit eyed monkey and has a special skills in ‘PIRACY’ whether on land and in the high seas in WPS. If the world has a known saga of the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean; in modern times we have now a ‘PIRATES OF THE WEST PHILIPPINE SEA,; which is starred by no less than the MONGOLOID yellow slit eyed monkey, the Communist Chinese.

  • Guest

    P U T A N G INA MO!!!!!!!!

  • ODAPAIN

    I’m with the monkey who rides with the crazy horse,more fun than being with a worm like you.

  • lex

    Mas ANIMAL ka! Mas maraming mahihirap at nagugutom sa CHINA. Bat ang marami sa inyo BAD BREATH? hahahahahah! kakahiya! Mga supot pa . hahahaah

  • Crazy_horse101010

    so who cares i dont im not married to one thats your problem not mine because what you say is nothing but pig shzt anyway remember you are a chronic liar. im happy with what i have unlike you who has nothing and nobody eat your heart out loser. getting desperate again arent we monkey humper LOL TO YOU

  • tonygadoy

    MONGOLOID jseesus is one of the PIRATES OF THE WEST PHILIPPINE SEA.

  • Guest

    Tawang BAKLA NGANGATI NA NAMN ANG TUMBONG

  • lex

    UNGGUYIN mo MUKHA mo!

  • tonygadoy

    MONGOLOID autistic race.

  • Crazy_horse101010

    my wife sees all of your idiotic remarks she has a good laugh at the monkey moron. no she hired to other women to help her. unlike you who has nobody monkey humper. you are sure obsessed with my wife its hell to be lonely and jealous isnt it when you sex life revolves around a set of tweezers and a microscope getting more desperate arent we comrade

  • Marx Louis Wang

    ouch!!!! nakalusot ang comment mo, buti nga sa iyo “jseesus”

  • lex

    Kung umusta ka akala mo magaling china, anu ba ipinagyayabang mo? Anu bang napatunayan ng CHINA sa mundo, wala! Meron pala 5/6 lang. Kumunista lang kayo kaya di umaangal tao, subukan mo mawala ang kumunismo sa inyo, sure ako maghihirap lahat ng matindi pa sa daga.

    May international program pala ang CHINA, TUTULIIN LAHAT NG TAO. HAHAHHAHA

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