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China committed new violations over West PH Sea–defense chief

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Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin

MANILA, Philippines — Amid long-running tension between Manila and Beijing over the hotly-contested West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin admitted that China has committed fresh violations over the disputed territory.

“We do not want to preempt the information…it has to go through channels yet. They made new violations [Meron silang panibagong violations],” he told reporters at Camp Aguinaldo but did not give further details, emphasizing that these violations were “very recent.”

Asked if the Philippines would file a protest, Gazmin only said he was still waiting for the documents.

The Philippines had sought for arbitration under the United Nations Conventions on the Law of the Sea to pursue its claims in the West Philippine Sea. It filed a diplomatic protest as Chinese ships continued to come and go into the resource-rich areas of Panatag (Scarborough) and Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal), which were both within the country’s 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone.

China claims nearly the entire sea and had been showcasing its aggressive behavior there, but the Philippines and other neighboring countries claim parts within their EEZ.

Only last week, President Benigno Aquino III canceled a scheduled visit to a trade fair in China after Beijing reportedly withdrew its invitation.

Meanwhile, in a radio report, Gazmin said at a budget hearing at the House of Representatives on Tuesday that concrete blocks were sighted inside the shoal in Panatag (Scarborough Shoal).

“[This] could be a prelude to construction,” he said of the shoal, which is located 124 nautical miles from Zambales.

Three coast guard ships were also sighted in Panatag Shoal as of Aug. 31.

A military source confirmed the presence of concrete blocks, and said that these were sighted last week by an aircraft.

He said it appears to be heading towards Mischief Reef or Panganiban Reef near Ayungin Shoal, which is located 70 nautical miles from Palawan.

Structures built by China in the reef were sighted in 1995.

The Chinese reportedly built  structures initially to provide shelter for fishermen, but these were later transformed into a military garrison.

On Monday, Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez said that China relayed conditions for Aquino to attend the China-Asean Expo in Nanning. He did not give details of the conditions but said these were “absolutely inimical to our national interest.”

Reports said however, that China wanted Manila to withdraw its arbitration case over the West Philippine Sea.

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China set impossible conditions for Aquino visit—DFA

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  • Olibo

    Sorry Mr. Voltaire the entire congress and senate are preoccupied with pork barrel scams, those guilty don’t care if the whole Philippines would be invaded by China, for as long as their plunder case is covered up.

  • walaywalay

    the useless arbitration committee that china does not recognize still has not decided who owns what where so how can china violate an area that might be theirs? maybe its the philippines who is violating chinese teritory? the rp has got no decision yet—they–like china–are saying ”SCREW THE ARBITRATION COMMITTEE ITS OURS”
    So why waste time and $$ with formality????

    • wanderingpinoy .

      WHAT HAVE YOU RECOGNIZED SO FAR IN REGARDS INTERNATIONAL LAWS??? SEE HOW YOU DISREGARD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS FOR EXAMPLE?!?!?! ARBITRATION COMMITTEE YOU DON’T RECOGNIZE, WHAT ELSE IS NEW? YOU CAN’T PROVE YOUR CLAIM TO THE ISLETS.

  • flomotion

    Teach China not to violate Philippines. Remove those concrete blocks and hand them the bill for the cleanup plus penalties. This should be the action you will be taking. Do the job and protect Philippines.

    • Ulipur

      Easier said than done. The Philippines cannot do anything whatever China does in the S Shoal. The US will not help the Philippines. It will not lift a finger (an anchor) to do so. To US China is way way more important the the Philippines.

      • crazy_horse_101010

        and where is your seat in the pentagon american expert you havent a clue what america will do you think they will tell you yeah right.

      • Pedring2

        Just keep on dreaming while we prepare to humiliate you.

    • .Hugo

      china should remove your junk landing craft on the second thomas shoal too, then hand the philippines the bill for the cleanup plus penalties.

      • flomotion

        Teach China a lesson on Freedom and Human rights and not the politburo rights to imprison all of China and other nation territories. If you are mainlander, you have been denied your universal human rights, moved to labor camps for brainwashing.

      • .Hugo

        is this really possible in the information age, and when there are so many chinese abroad? i don’t see any chinese of today’s generation being denied the rights to be successful and to live a good life.

        maybe you are brainwashed by your country instead?

      • flomotion

        Foreign born Chinese don’t fell the oppression that the mainlands do. Chinese abroad is free while the mainland is not. You are just siding politburo oppressive way, not helping mainland chinese regain their universal human rights. Cheap products coming from mainland China is due to force labor at factories and labor camps.

        Grabbing Scarborough from Philippines is the same as grabbing farmlands of mainland chinese who now have no land to make their living.

        Oppressive China is taking away Filipinos rights to fish in Philippines EEZ and territories.

      • .Hugo

        i am not referring to overseas born chinese, but simply overseas chinese in which most of them will still have relatives and friends in china. there is no restriction in communication among ordinary chinese in the world. i can talk to all my friends and colleagues anytime from overseas, and same as them. you have a very limited view of chinese society anyway.

        problems in china is magnified 1.3 billion times as each individual will have unique needs, meaning no policy can be implemented hastily. life in china is certainly much better than the last decade, and country strength much stronger than the philippines, when china has a much later start.

        and for your so-called cheap products or labor problem, maybe you have not read the labor law in china and not realize how well protected the workers are and how vulnerable are the factory owners/managers. don’t see they have anything to do with your theft in the south china sea anyway. you’re simply trying to piece together a very weak argument but failed.

        the scarborough shoal is not the philippines to start with, it was only illegally occupied by the philippines. china has every rights to take it back. and to allow your fishermen to fish in the overlapping eez with china, you should sit down and negotiate with china.

      • flomotion

        Philippine archipelago is made of coral reefs. Mainland China is not. Scarborough is part and a territory of Philippines. Rent or lease it from Philippines and they’ll talk and will signed a contract. UN will signed as a witness.

      • .Hugo

        same as china’s four island chains in the south china sea.

        the scarborough shoal is never part of the philippines.

      • flomotion

        It is Philippines. Living things in Scarborough lives and thrives in the Philippines.

      • .Hugo

        it has been a chinese territory, which treaty after the war has granted you the scarborough shoal?

      • Pedring2

        Stupid Hugo: The Spratlys and Panatag are Philippine territory. All Chinese thieves, keep off!

      • .Hugo

        you don’t even know the places you mentioned are not included in the boundary of the philippines.

      • Pedring2

        The islands mentioned (and many more not mentioned) are within the 200-mile zone known as Philippine EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone). The word exclusive means one owner, and surely the owner is the Philippines – not Chinese thieves. There is no such thing as “shared EEZ”, or “common EEZ”, or anything that denotes two. Do you understand, stupid Hugo? I doubt if you do, shameless mongoloid! We are preparing for you, thieves. When we are ready, we will hand you the mother of humiliation.

      • .Hugo

        eez is not your national boundary, your country won’t become bigger because of eez. if you still insist then please quote which article in unclos has grented you that right.

        the reality is the philippine eez overlaps with china’s, and the philippines has to negotiate with china on usage rights.

        you can continue to prepare for your theft, but your plan to use eez to steal chinese land is doomed to fail. and because of such vicious plan of the philippines, china will really have to prepare for the worst.

      • Pedring2

        Hoy Hugo: Keep out of PH EEZ. Shameless Chink!

      • .Hugo

        so you can’t tell us which unclos article has granted you free land then.

      • .Hugo

        sorry you can’t have chinese land just by saying it’s yours.

      • Pedring2

        Screw you!

      • .Hugo

        and it still won’t be yours.

      • Pedring2

        Of course it is ours! Mongoloids, we will kick your dirty axxes.

      • .Hugo

        proof please, if you have none then let’s see who is kicking who out.

      • Pedring2

        We’ll kick your axxes, Chinese thieves

      • .Hugo

        with what? verbal abuses? haha they hardly hurt a bit….

        and thieves are actually from the philippines.

      • Pedring2

        We are preparing for you, thieves. When we are ready or when you attack, we’ll drive you away. In the meantime, we are deporting you. Shame on you!

      • .Hugo

        really just want to know how you can do that, when all of your command infrastructure and troop concentration will be attacked and destroyed by guided missiles?

      • flomotion

        The archipelago natives is the treaty. Treat and observe human rights? Treaty.

        China. Vacate. It’s is the native of the Philippines which holds rights on that place. It is for their livelihood.

      • .Hugo

        proof please.

      • crazy_horse_101010

        we know you are brainwashed comrade what little brains you have probably only took 5 seconds

      • .Hugo

        and that won’t change the fact that you have run out of valid arguments.

      • crazy_horse_101010

        u=is that the only answer you can give when you dont have a clue beause you use it all the time and you never have a clue commie

      • .Hugo

        no, that’s you when you have no more valid arguments. we see it all the time.

      • hello stupids

        they will not have money
        may be they can use the coconuts as the floaties
        hahahaha

      • Pedring2

        Hello Stupid:
        Have you been paid yet by your handler?

      • crazy_horse_101010

        the philippines should deport you back to china and make you pay the bill and penalties it would be a much better country with you and your commie troll friends gone take stupid below with you. china can shoulder the expenses of putting him in a loony bin

      • Pedring2

        Are you crazy, Chink?

      • .Hugo

        why crazy? your official has told china that you don’t have the money to remove the junk. china has asia’s largest floating crane that can lift 4000 tons out of the water easily.

        we can do it for you for free, but you still have to pay for environmental damages.

      • crazy_horse_101010

        china needs 50000 people to turn the handles on that crane and a chinese ship ran aground at cebu destroyed half of a protected almost killed several divers who were trying to protect the reef they never paid any damages they snuck out at night and refused to pay damages so bite your payment for damages comrade and go to china backstabber

      • .Hugo

        the crane was used to salvage a sunken ukrainian supply ship off hong kong waters in 2010, and not even 1/200 of the people that you have falsely claimed were involved.

        really doesn’t matter if you pay or not, that’s just charity given out of sympathy to a poor rogue state.

      • crazy_horse_101010

        typical commie bullshzt you can destroy other countries and that is ok and to the world china and north vkorea re the rouge nations get your facts straight commie kissazzer. see you have never hear of sarcasm retarded one and if there is any liars here it is you.. how many peoplehere support you jackazz its because of you repeated lies

      • .Hugo

        so far the “destroy a country” threats have been coming from the philippines constantly, no wonder china has to strengthen its naval presence, haha…..

      • crazy_horse_101010

        im sure your brainwashing papers would say that along with their other lies. and what threats the ones you are making against the philippines and japan sorry you are in the wrong forum your wasting your time here because everyone knows you are a commie agent spreading pig crap and could care less about your lies moron

      • .Hugo

        brainwashing? haha we have seen so far only the philippine side yelling for war and to destroy china.

        and china certainly worries more about japan with its ever growing hawkish attitude, and with its rightist media provoking how to destroy the chinese fleet all the time.

      • crazy_horse_101010

        no i watch chinese news also and seen their garbage and heard their tirades i i get 4 chinese stations hehe including ccct their english speaking channel . i read cebu papers and there is not a word about going to war. the only place i read it is here and i what read here your chinese trolls saying they are going to destroy the philippines so it works both ways comrade anyway i will never believe a word you and your trolls say and i will ever be brainwasher UNDERSTAND PERIOD SO STOP TRYING YOU HAVE LOST . and yes you are brainwashed so move back to china and stop wasting everyones time with your pig crap. and i support japan and wish them well

      • .Hugo

        which channel and which program in cctv that said china is going to attack the philippines?

        and which media in the philippines has not mentioned war with china all the time?

        again you just ignore facts you don’t want to face, that’s your usual trick anyway.

        speaking about lost, i believe you have lost all the time and will just resort to verbal bashing every single time.

        go ahead and support japan, as i do almost twice a year — to ski in the north during winter and to visit okinawa during summer. i don’t want them to go down too, unless the abe government is stupid enough to attack china.

      • crazy_horse_101010

        again you cant read the chinese news agencies are ranting against japan and the philippines. where did i say they were going to attack you need. you help reading comrade last month the main chinese papers said okinawa belongs to them and they are going to take them back japan wants more american troops to return there. and yes you are lost because you keep putting words in my mouth that i dont say which shows you are desperate. stupid i said the trolls here want to destroy the philippines you know you commie friends who spread their crap . next time read everything three times maybe you will understand. i give up its like trying to talk to a tree but thetree has more sense

      • .Hugo

        so you don’t know, what a disappointment as i though you’ve finally got something constructive, haha.

        while china has been talking national defense against aggression of japan and the philippines, it’s rather these two countries ranting about a chinese invasion to stir up popular support when the occupied land is in fact owned by china.

        the ryukyu kingdom, i.e. modern okinawa, started to communicate with china as early as 607 a.d. (sui dynasty), and it has been china’s tributary or vassal state from 1368 (ming) until it was invaded (1609, ming) and destroyed (1878, qing) by japan. if china wanted to take ryuku, it could have done that for at least 300 years and don’t have to wait until now.

        again, if you can’t quote which so-called “main chinese papers”, then again you are bluffing as usual.

        really doesn’t matter on how you find excuses to cover your lost anymore, as it has been obvious since day 1.

      • crazy_horse_101010

        who in hell cares about your phony dynasties they are long gone and who cares what happened 1500 years ago this now. and quit finding excuses to steal land comrade. remember twice you invaded japan and lost hundreds of thousands of soldiers. . will guess what the people there speak japanese and they dont want your azzes there possession is 9 points of the law anyway go take the americans will be waiting for you moron now go kiss your masters fat azz because i dont give a rats azz about your chinese tainted history. you guys sure suffer from a inferiority complex because you have to live in the past and always bring up ancient history. and im not bluffing this was reported on national news i know you arent smart enough to use the internet to find out and that is your problem unlike you i dont lie commie anyway junior bye bye ,

      • .Hugo

        so you have no source to support your claim, bluffing then.

        and you don’t even know the history of Okinawa before you brought it up, again a complete failure.

        I suggest you to just stick with your usual verbal bashing, as that’s the only thing you can do well and without requirement of knowledge which you have none.

      • crazy_horse_101010

        stupid do you know the history of the saxons. do you know the history of the nez perce stupoid im not interested in the history im talking about right now today now have you always been retarded or did your mother drop you on your head because nothing enters that pea brain. what does something 2000 years ago have to with now crybaby . and its not my problem that you are to stupid to use the internet and comrade everyone here hates you because stupid this is a filpino forum not chinese and no one gives crap about your garbage. you are a brainwashed commie stooge who is out smarted cant use the internet and lies so go kiss your fat azz commie you are to stupid for me come back in 20 years when you grow up and get your lying azz to china HAWHAWHAW AND YOU ARE THE FAILURE LOOK AT THE COMMENTS AGAINST YOU PITIFUL LOSER

      • .Hugo

        admire your efforts to cover your false comments, but you just can’t hide the fact that you have no facts too support your bluffing.

      • Pedring2

        Stupid Hugo is here to spread the same Chinese pig manure. It is coming directly from his pweet. Shameless boy!

      • Pedring2

        Hello Hugo: You are as stupid as Hello Stupa.

      • .Hugo

        you have stupid diplomats, why blame someone else? haha…..

      • crazy_horse_101010

        they are smarter than you that is a given HAWHAWHAWHAW

      • .Hugo

        for philippine diplomats, haha sure they can speak better than you.

      • Pedring2

        Hello Stupid Hugo! Have you taken your medicine yet?

      • .Hugo

        when i see reply like this, i know it means you have run out of valid arguments.

      • Pedring2

        Hello Stupid Hugo: Have you seen your psychiatrist yet? Your exam is overdue.

      • crazy_horse_101010

        the worlds largest crane the thialf owned by hermma marina the netherlands 14200 tons second largest the siapem 7000 owned by saipem in italy 14000 tons china lanjing 5 th 7000 tons

      • .Hugo

        see? that’s why we know you can’t read, when we say Asia’s largest.

        unless u still try to twist other’s words just like you always do.

      • crazy_horse_101010

        go back and look moron. does it say it isnt the largest in asia

      • .Hugo

        I suggest you to do so, haha….

      • crazy_horse_101010

        HAWHAWHAW

      • Maj Gen Luo Yuan

        I hope our politburo does that so that the whole world knows that our motherland’s leadership is contaminated with opium

  • Ulipur

    To the Chinese nothing that they do in what is considered as their territories is a violation.

    In the present scheme of things nobody…the UN, the UsA or any other force can stop the Chinese. Unfair?….Well, nothing is fair in this world.

    In the present trade fair in China the Philippines was DISINVITED kahit na nga ang Philippines ang this time ay Country of Honor….Pero anong magagawa ng Pilipinas na isang pipitsugin lang sa paningin ng mga Chinese.

    • .Hugo

      that’s political reality.

      • Reinier Jagdz

        Those Chinks will fall. Their inhuman population control policies will eventually cause them to die off anyway and it will only be a matter of time before their economy collapses due to internal corruption and aging population. booohooo for the rest of the world. It won’t really affect our economy much anyway because we’re not debt driven and are domestically based.

      • .Hugo

        smart thinking, unfortunately the chinese policy makers have outsmarted and is already revising its population plans.

        as for corruption bringing down a country, we are seeing it live with the philippines as an example, haha…

        your country is not domestic based by will, it’s only forced to be domestic based as you fail to attract direct foreign investment, and your export is weak

    • mynnyx

      baket ba takot tayo sa kanila…………..eh ala naman silang dyos……………tignan mo ang israel……….pinagpala ganyan din ang pinas kung lahat tayo nagdadasal sa dami ng reliyon sa bansa natin…………….kaya dapat huwag silang katakutan…………………….isa pa lahat ng made in china eh halos sinusuka na sa trabaho ko lahat ng made in china eh rejected……………awa na lang sa kanila kaya pagapproved……………..

  • mark

    Beg to disagree Sir, but we can never compromise our patrimony..We are peaceful loving people, if there are incidents of killing every now and then in the news, I think it happens it other country as well.China giving us opportunity for peace is ridiculous Sir.In the 1st place they are inside our territory, invaders to begin with. China must have her version but that is our stand. Likely as I said, we love our country and willing to fight for it;through peaceful means or any decisive way. If we have to make a deal with the devil (US) to keep the occupiers at bay, we will do so for the sake of our country and people.



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