Gazmin dismisses Aquino failure to mention West PH Sea row in SONA

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Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on Tuesday said he didn’t see the need for President Benigno Aquino III to mention the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) dispute with China during his fourth State of the Nation Address the day before.

He said the arbitration proceedings by the United Nations has started.

“Well  because the process is moving, it’s been organized, the members have been organized, so the process has begun,” Gazmin told reporters in Filipino in an interview at Camp Aguinaldo.

“Our legal proceedings might be affected,” he added.

A five-member tribunal has been formed for the arbitration process, and the proceedings began in the Netherlands last week despite China’s refusal to cooperate.

Gazmin said that China has maintained its presence in Ayungin (Second Thomas Shoal) off Palawan and Panatag (Scarborough Shoal) off Zambales, which are both well within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.

He said there were at least two Chinese ships monitored in the periphery of Ayungin and two Chinese Maritime Surveillance ships in Panatag.

The West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) had been a longtime source of conflict in the region, with China claiming ownership of the entire area.

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  • kilabot

    noykapon only mentioned the non-essentials.

  • kim koh

    takot siguro sa tsino..e naman tsino din ang pangulo…

  • kanoy

    Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on Tuesday said he didn’t see the need
    for President Benigno Aquino III to mention the West Philippine Sea
    (South China Sea) dispute with China during his fourth State of the
    Nation Address the day before.

    BECAUSE GAZMIN FINDS IT AN IRRELEVANT MATTER NOT WORTH TALKING ABOUT

    • izakyakov

      same with your irrelevant post. leave it to ITLOS.

    • nakatutok

      and simply because SISIPAIN siya ni PNoy from his post if he will say na dapat binanggit ng presidente yun…..laro laro lang para tiba tiba sa pwesto…

  • sanyuyulai

    Russia and China will be holding another Military War Games again starting on the 27th July 2013.
    The rest of the world should know when (at least for now), to stay as low profile as possible, undo the 2 Angry Giants.
    Peace is most needed in this planet especially in Asia, chaos and rhetoric acts should not be called in as practises.

  • kentjohn

    how abiout sabah.sabah dha

  • John_Cruz

    President Aquino was setup to fail West PH Sea row by the previous administration and Congress who did not believe in AF modernization. In spite of the current arms buildup minimum Philippine Air and Naval defense still does not exist!

    • niceguy60

      Correct. Lets blame the past administrations. It is logical. It will solve the issue.

  • joboni96

    TULOY PAGPALAKAS NG DEPENSANG NATIN
    ng di tayo tinatakot ng imperyalista at intsik switik

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